M 87 (Virgo A)
Messier 87 (Virgo A or NGC 4486) is a supergiant elliptical galaxy. It is located about 54 million light-years from Earth. At the core is a supermassive black hole, which forms the primary component of an active galactic nucleus. This object is a strong source of radio waves. A jet of energetic plasma originates at the core and extends outward at about 5,000 light-years.
|Optics:||ASA N 12 Astrograph at /6.8|
|Mount:||ASA DDM 85|
|Filters:||Astronomik RGB filter set|
|Dates/Times:||23 May 2012|
|Exposure Details:||R,G,B = 5 min. each|
|Processing:||PixInsight, Photoshop CS|