NGC 4565 Needle Galaxy

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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-yearsaway in the constellation Coma Berenices.

The 10th magnitude galaxy sits perpendicular to our own Milky Way galaxy and is almost directly above the North Galactic Pole (in the same way Polaris is located above the Earth’s North Pole). It is known as the Needle Galaxy for its narrow profile. First spotted in 1785 by Sir William Herschel (1738–1822), this is one of the most famous examples of an edge-on spiral galaxy. “Visible through a small telescope, some sky enthusiasts consider NGC 4565 to be a prominent celestial masterpiece Messier missed.”

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Stellarvue SV 152
Software: DC-3 Dreams ACP, Maxim DL, photoshop
Filters: Astrodon E-series LRGB
Dates: May 15, 2013
Locations: New Mexico Skies
Frames: 48×600″
Integration: 8.0 hours

Author: Mike Miller

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12 April 2014