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Spiral galaxy M74

Spiral galaxy M74 is in the constellation Pisces (Psc).


Equatorial coordinates (epoch J2000):
Ra (α):01h36.7m, Dec (δ):+15° 47'

Visual magnitude: 8,5m
Distance from the galaxy M74 to the Sun is 25,1*106 light years
Angular size: 11'×10'
Class: Sc
External dimensions the galaxy M74 are about 77000 light years.
Estimated weight the galaxy: 300x109 suns

Discoverer: Pierre François André Méchain, 1780 year.

The designation M74 in other catalogs: NGC 628

Optimum magnification for a telescope with observations of M74, depending on the aperture of the telescope (D), is about D/6-D/3. Higher magnifications of course add details, but lead to a strong drop in the brightness of the image, making it difficult to observe.

The best month for observing M74 is November. At this time, the object is at midnight near its highest point in the sky, that is, it is less affected by light from the lanterns and atmospheric distortions.

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Nikolay Kurdyapin, astro-map.com  

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