This multiframe, mosaic, wide-field image of M106 was created as an experiment in using the Hubble Legacy Archive as a clearing house for Hubble Space Telescope data of the galaxy. WFC3, ACS, and WFPC2 Hubble data of the nucleus and inner spiral arms were combined with ground-based red-green-blue images of M106 taken by astrophotographers Robert Gendler and Jay GaBany. Their 12.5-inch and 20-inch telescopes are located at very dark, remote sites in New Mexico. The Hubble Legacy Archive provides public access to Hubble data. Gendler processed the Hubble and ground-based images into this stunning view of the galaxy. The image is also being released at Gendler's astro imaging website at: http://www.robgendlerastropics.com/M106-HST.html .
Credit: R. Gendler
Acknowledgment: J. GaBany