That's an amazing, fantastic picture, and I can just imagine the time it took to shoot this much sky and stitch the mosaic together! (No, I can't.)
But it is very hard to find your way through this image, because there is such a profusion of stars and galaxies here, and the stars don't have any diffraction spikes, and nothing is annotated, and the picture is "upside down". That is, south it up, and I think east is to the right.
Anyway, these are a few things I have found here:
[c]Uneven globular clusters M53 and NGC 5053.
Photo: Jim Thommes.[/c]
M99. Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona
At top left in today's APOD, you can find the bluest-looking galaxy in the field, M99, located to the right of a bright blue star, 6 Coma Berenecis (6 Com). (To the left of 6 Com is another galaxy, M98
At bottom right, you can find uneven globular clusters M53 and NGC 5053. In Rogelio Bernal Andreo's picture M53 (the bright one) is located to the lower left of NGC 5053 (the faint one).
Let's get back to the top left corner of the picture. To the lower right of M99 you can find the interesting galaxy pair NGC 4298/4302
. And farther below M99 is M100
with blue spiral arms and a yellow halo.
Markarian's Chain. Photo: Massimo Tosco.
At top center in today's APOD by Rogelio Bernal Andreo is Markarian's Chain. At left is another picture of Markarian's Chain. In the picture at left, giant elliptical galaxy M87 is at top left, and two other giant elliptical galaxies, M86 and M84, are at bottom. Don't miss The Eyes, NGC 4435 and NGC 4438! Again however, the picture at left doesn't show Markarian's Chain with north at top. This is how it look
s with north at top in a photo by Alson Wong.
M64, the Black-Eye Galaxy.
Photo: S. Reilly at Dogwood Ridge Observatory.
Finally, don't mss the amazing Black-Eye Galaxy, M64, at bottom left of today's APOD. In the APOD it really looks as if the galaxy is wearing a black eye patch over its core!
It's a great APOD! Does anyone feel like annotating it?
EDIT: Oh, it's been done already!
Is that you, Geck? Thanks!