NGC4565 Needle Galaxy

Field centered on R.A. 12h 35' & Dec. +26 00'


Magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4565 is viewed edge-on from planet Earth. Also known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile, bright NGC 4565 is a stop on many springtime telescopic tours of the northern sky as it lies in the faint but well-groomed constellation Coma Berenices. This color image reveals the galaxy's bulging central core dominated by light from a population of older, yellowish stars. The core is dramatically cut by obscuring dust lanes which lace NGC 4565's thin galactic plane. A large island universe similar to our own Milky Way Galaxy, NGC 4565 is only about 30 million light-years distant, but over 100,000 light-years in diameter. In fact, some consider NGC 4565 to be a prominent celestial masterpiece Messier missed (Text adapted from APOD).

Alike for M81 and M82 image, in this early attempt the collimation was a bit off and this heavily effected the roundness of the stars.


Vixen VC200L @ f/9 + AP 900GTO SBIG STL11K, binning 1x1, T=-20°C L (180m) R (25m) G (20m) B (25m) Optec LRGB filter set

Gambugliano, Vicenza, Italy





All of the photographs and text on these pages are copyrighted by Marco Lorenzi. They may not be reproduced, published, copied or transmitted in any form, including electronically on the Internet or World Wide Web, without written permission of the author.