Needle Galaxy

63. Needle Galaxy


NGC 4565  RA: 12h 36.3'  Dec: +25 59'   Coma Berenices (Com)

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NGC 4565 (also known as the Needle Galaxy or Caldwell 38) is an edge-on spiral galaxy about 30 to 50 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. It lies close to the North Galactic Pole and has a visual magnitude of approximately 10. It is known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile. First recorded in 1785 by William Herschel, it is a prominent example of an edge-on spiral galaxy.
 
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This image was the outcome of my first test run in our new observatory. I had not used the telescope, mount or guider before that night.

Everything went flawlessly with the 2400mm focal length RC bring nicely guided by a 50mm finder based KwiqGuider and PHD2.2.

Conditions were calm with a high haze.


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Location Fingal ON
Date May 31 2014
Optics AT12RC
Filters None
Mount AP1200GTO
Camera Canon/Hutech 500DH
ISO 1600
Subexposures 10
Exposure Length 300
Guider KQIKGuider
 

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