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Contains:  IC 3543, NGC 4562, NGC 4565
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Needle Galaxy (and satellites), 


            Frank Kane
Needle Galaxy (and satellites)
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Needle Galaxy (and satellites)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher StarLux 190MN

Imaging cameras: Atik 383L+

Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MyT

Software: Software Bisque The Sky X Pro  ·  Adobe Phosotshop CS6  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight

Accessory: MoonLite Focuser w/High Res Stepper Motor

Dates:April 22, 2019

Frames: 113x120"

Integration: 3.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 17.97 days

Avg. Moon phase: 88.82%

Basic astrometry details job: 2654431

RA center: 12h 36' 21"

DEC center: +25° 59' 49"

Pixel scale: 1.115 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 266.271 degrees

Field radius: 0.545 degrees

Resolution: 2834x2085

Locations: My Driveway, Winter Springs, FL, United States

Data source: Backyard


The Needle Galaxy, imaged in spite of a bright moon within a red zone.

Someday, I'll live someplace with darker skies and drier weather, and revisit targets like this. Until then, I'll keep telling myself that imaging galaxies under conditions in which you should never image galaxies makes me stronger.



Frank Kane
License: None (All rights reserved)


  • Needle Galaxy (and satellites), 


            Frank Kane
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    Needle Galaxy (and satellites), 


            Frank Kane


Description: Another take at processing, being more careful not to raise the black level too much.

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Needle Galaxy (and satellites), 


            Frank Kane