M-85 (NGC-4382) Lenticular galaxy in Coma Berenices
M-85 (NGC-4328) is a lenticular galaxy located in the constellation of Coma Berenices. It is the northenmost member of the Virgo cluster of galaxies, and lies about 60 million light years from Earth and is 125,000 light years in diameter.It contains mostly older yellowish stars. It is similar in size and appearance to nearby galaxy M-84. M-85 was discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781, and Charles Messier added it to his catalog as number 85.
This image, acquired on May 21, 2012, is a 20 minute integration of 80 second exposures through the Celestron C-11 at f/2 using the HyperStar III imaging system and the Starlight Express SXVR-H694C color CCD camera operating at -10 degrees below ambient temperature and binned 1 X 1. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5 Pro. Post processed using PhotoShop CS2, Gradient XTerminator, StarShrink, Carboni's Astro Tools and NoiseWare. Also visible in the image is nearby galaxy NGC-4394, a classice, face-on barred spiral galaxy.