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M74 is a face-on spiral galaxy 32 million light-years distant in the Constellation Pices. It measures about 97,000 light-years across its face, and contains an estimated 40 billion stars. It exhibits many knots of star-forming nebulae, and millions of hot blue stars forming bluish regions throughout it far-flung spiral arms. Constellation: Pices Distance: 32 Million Light-Years Magnitude: 9.4 Date: October 2008 Place: Fort Davis, TX Exposure Details: LRGB:300:150:150:150 unbinned Processing: MaxIm DL, CCDStack, Registar, Photoshop Optics: 12.5"RCOS Truss RC Focal Length: 2908mm @ f9 Mount: Paramount ME Camera: SBIG STL6303E Focuser: RCOS Guiding: OAG with SBIG Guide Camera Filters: Tru-Balance LRGB 2"

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