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NGC 4565


NGC 4565: Needle Galaxy in Coma Berenices

RA = 12 hrs 36 min; Dec =25 deg 59 min

Date & Site:

Imaged on 3/29/14; Little Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA

Clear; average seeing; fluctuating/poor transparency

Temperatures in mid 40s


Telescope: AT8RC (1625mm fl f/8)

Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10 with Astrodon LRGB filters;

Prime focus autoguided using SBIG ST-10 guidechip


Exposures and filters: 80 min of luminance (10 min subs) and 25 minutes each of RGB (5 minute subs) for a total of 155 minutes.

FOV =32 x 21 arc minutes


According to Wiki, NGC 4565 is a giant spiral galaxy more luminous than the Andromeda Galaxy and if it were viewed face-on, NGC 4565 would be the most spectacular of the galaxies of its type in the nearby Universe.

Located ~43 million light years away

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