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.

 

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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

M.Lorenzi

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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