Amateur astrophotography of galaxy Messier 106
My first attempt at astrophotography with Messier 106. Click for full image.

I love the wide & faint spiral arms for Messier 106, also labeled as NGC 4258. I took a few attempts at processing this photo in order to try to bring out the reds and yellows of the core without losing the blues of the arms. Very happy with this end result!

Astrophotography Capture & Processing Details

Identification of 2 galaxies, NGC 4258 (M106) and its satellite galaxy NGC 4248.

Frames: 15×240″ (gain: 240.00)
Integration: 1.0 hours
Darks: ~25
Flats: ~20
Bias: ~30
Avg. Moon age: 3.92 days
Avg. Moon phase: 16.41%

Astrometry.net job: 3458465
RA center: 12h 18′ 57″
DEC center: +47° 18′ 18″
Pixel scale: 0.679 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 216.466 degrees
Field radius: 0.444 degrees

Full capture details on Astrobin

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