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M87 NGC 4486
Elliptical Galaxy
Since 1998 M87 has been emitting high energy flares it has a bluish jet that is coming from a super massive black hole in the middle of the galaxy.  We were not able to capture an image of the jet at this time will try again as soon as we can. Located about 60 million light years from earth she has a diameter of about 120,000 light years.  A visual Magnitude of 8.6, this galaxy is located in Virgo.
M90 NGC 4569
Spiral Galaxy
Located in the Virgo constellation,this is one of the larger spiral galaxies in the Virgo cluster. M90 is located about 60 million light-years from Earth and is approaching us at a speed of 383 km/sec. It is a tightly wound spiral with smooth, bright spiral arms. It is believed that the only active star formation is taking place within the dark dust lanes near the center of the galaxy. M90 visual magnitude of  9.5, large telescopes will provide the best viewing.
M91 NGC 4548
Barred Spiral Galaxy
Located in the Virgo cluster, M91 is some 60 million light years from earth and receding from earth at 400 km/sec with a visual Magnitude of 10.2.  Interestingly, a Texas amateur astronomer found its actual location in 1969.
M98 NGC 4192
Spiral Galaxy
A member of the Virgo cluster and one of the harder galaxies to observe, a visual Magnitude 10.1, this one should become brighter in the years to come.   Located 60 million light years away it is coming for a visit at 1200km/sec.  Our astronomer says we still have time!
M99 NGC 4254
Spiral Galaxy
What makes this visual Magnitude 9.9 galaxy unusual is its asymmetric shape.  It is some 60 million light years from earth and getting farther as we speak.  It is recfeding from us as 2324 km/sec.  This is also an active galaxy sporting three supernovae observations in 1967, then again in 1972 and 1986.

M51 NGC5194

Whirlpool Galaxy

With the recent SN 2005cs derived estimate of 23 Mly distance, and an angular diameter of roughly 11.2′, meaning that M51's bright circular disk has a radius of about ~38,000 light-years. Its mass is estimated to be 160 billion solar masses.  Image taken: May 20, 2010
40- 20 sec images stacked.

M56 NGC 6779
This globular cluster located in Lyra was discovered by Messier on January 23, 1779. Located about 32,900 light years away, it measures 60 light years across.  It is a small and dim globular cluster magnitude of 8.3.  It is roughly 85 light years in diameter and is moving toward us at 145 km per second!
Image taken: May 20, 2010
10- 20 sec images stacked.
The North America Nebula is located in the constellation Cygnus.  A very large emission nebula, with a nebulosity 2.5 + degrees east of Deneb. It resembles the North America continent covering an area more than four times the size of the full moon. This image is a small part of the nebula so you really can't see the outline.  The nebula is approx 2,200 light years from earth.  Discovered by William Herschel on Oct 24, 1786.