Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Coma Berenices (Com)  ·  Contains:  NGC 4562  ·  NGC 4565
NGC 4565 The Needle Galaxy, 


NGC 4565 The Needle Galaxy
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NGC 4565 The Needle Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Meade LX200 10" f/10

Imaging cameras: Hutech/Canon Spectrum-Enhanced EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT

Mounts: Mitty Evolution Wedge

Software: photoshop  ·  DeepSkyStacker  ·  EOS Utility  ·  Stellarium  ·  Stark Labs DSLR Shutter

Filters: Baader Planetarium UV/IR

Dates:April 19, 2010

Frames: 8x600" (1h 20') ISO1600

Integration: 1h 20'

Darks: 50

Bias: 50

Avg. Moon age: 5.00 days

Avg. Moon phase: 25.72%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 6.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 89099

RA center: 12h36m23s.0

DEC center: +25°5909

Pixel scale: 0.453 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.818 degrees

Field radius: 0.393 degrees

Resolution: 620x413


NGC 4565 (Needle Galaxy)

NGC 4565 (also known as the Needle Galaxy or Caldwell 3 is an edge-on spiral galaxy about 30 to 50 million light-years away 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. 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.


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NGC 4565 The Needle Galaxy,