M51 (NGC 5194), The Whirlpool Galaxy, is one of the showpiece objects in the spring sky. It is classed as type Sc and lies 37 million light years away, glowing at magnitude 8.7 It is connected to NGC 5195 and this image shows the tidal bridge between the two objects
M64, the Black Eye galaxy is a Type Sb galaxy lying 19 million light years away in the constellation of Coma Berenices. Glowing at magnitude 8.4, the characteristic 'black eye' is a dust feature blocking the light from the stars behind it.
M74 in Pisces is a grand design spiral galaxy, type Sc, laying some 40 million light years from us. It glows around mag 10, but has a notoriously low surface brightness.
M65 (left) and M66 reside in Leo, some 35 million light years from us. They are part of the famous Leo triplet; unfortunately the third member (NGC 3628) is a few arc minutes above this frame.
Situated 38 million light years away, M95 is a beautiful SBb-type barred spiral galaxy in Leo. The central bar contains middle aged stars, with younger stars and dust in the rings.
At 2.08 million light years a relatively close neighbour, NGC 185 is a dwarf-elliptical satellite galaxy of M31. Unlike many ellipticals, NGC 185 still exhibits star formation.
NGC 1023 is a barred lenticular SB0 galaxy in Perseus. At magnitude 9.7, 33 million light years distant, NGC 1023 harbours a 30-60 million solar mass black hole at its centre.
NGC 2683 is an edge-on spiral galaxy in Lynx, some 16 million light years from us. You can see a small un-named background galaxy below NGC 2683.
A showpiece edge-on spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices, NGC 4565 shows prominent dust lanes. It lies around 30 million light years away.
Around 60 million light years distant, NGC 6384 is a face-one spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ophiuchus.
NGC 672 (upper left) and IC 1727 are a pair of interacting galaxies in Triangulum. IC 1727 is not considered to be a true spiral galaxy as it has been perturbed during the interaction with NGC 672.
NGC 6946 in Cepheus is a nearby galaxy - only 10 million light years away. It is therefore quite large, although with a low surface brightness. It is renowned as a frequeny producer of supernovae.
NGC 7217 is a small spiral galaxy in Pegasus, around 50 million light years away. At this image scale it is difficult to see the spiral structure.
NGC 7331 is the main member of a showpiece Autumn galaxy grouping in Pegasus. The dust lanes are very prominent.
Another picture of NGC 7331, this time with its retinue galaxies idenitified.
NGC 891 is another spectacular edge-spiral galaxy, this one in Andromeda, high in the Autumn sky. The dust lane is spectacular. Astronomers believe this might be a barred spiral due to the peculiar motion of some of the stars orbiting the centre.

The type Sb spiral galaxy NGC 772 lies in the constellation of Aries some 130 million light years away. There is some distortion to its spiral shape which has led to its inclusion in the Arp catalogue of peculiar galaxies. The distortion is due to the tidal interactions between NGC 772 and its neighbour NGC 770, the dwarf elliptical galaxy to the south. 

NGC 2903 is a conspicuous 10th magnitude Sb+ spiral galaxy in Leo and lies 20.5 million light years away.

NGC 2403 is large and impressive spiral galaxy in Camelopardalis. Part of the M81 group of galaxies, NGC 2403 is around 12 million light years away, which contributes to its large apparent size from our viewpoint. 

This image of M61 shows the supernova 2008in. This is not a deep enough image to show as much detail in the type SABbc spiral galaxy as I'd like, but I'd snatched 20 minutes of exposures to ensure I'd caught the magnitude 14.7 supernova. It's covered in more detail on my blog.


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