Messier's 106th object is a large, nearby, sweeping spiral galaxy that holds a true rarity at it's core: an active, feeding supermassive black hole. M106 is also classified as a Seyfert II galaxy due to strong Xray and radio wave activity in their core. Closer examination of this image will reveal several fainter galaxies. The largest of these is NGC 4248 located at the 5 o'clock position in this image.

OTA:  Vixen VC200L

Camera:  Atik 460ex w/EFW2 filter wheel

Filters:  Astrodon LRGB

Mount:  CGEM DX

Exposure:  L:R:G:B   168:48:48:48 (m)  rgb bin 2x2

Data obtained:  April 2014

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory