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


The Needle Galaxy
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The Needle Galaxy, 


The Needle Galaxy
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Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Vixen VC 200L

Imaging cameras: Atik 460 EX

Mounts: CGEM DX

Focal reducers: Vixen Focal Reducer 0.71x

Filters: Astrodon Tru-Balance Generation 2 LRGB

Accessory: Atik EFW2

Dates:April 22, 2014

Integration: 0

Avg. Moon age: 22.33 days

Avg. Moon phase: 48.07%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 229334

RA center: 12h 36' 20"

DEC center: +25° 58' 58"

Pixel scale: 1.211 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -86.771 degrees

Field radius: 0.342 degrees

Resolution: 1600x1257

Locations: Meadowlark Ridge Observatory, New Glarus, Wisconsin, United States


Also known as the Needle Galaxy, NGC 4565 is an edge-on spiral galaxy that is located about 30 - 50 million light years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. Its core of stars bulges out from the center of a thin disk while the prominent dust lanes accent this beautiful galaxy.

The galaxy to the lower left is NGC 4562 and is about 75 light years from earth. Both galaxies are estimated to span 100,000 light years.

Many astronomers and sky enthusiasts consider NGC 4565 to be a prominent celestial masterpiece that was somehow missed by Charles Messier.

Exposure: Vixen VC200L 1280mm f.6.4, Atik 460EX, L:R:G:B = 300:60:60:60 (RGB bin 2x2) - Total exposure 8.0h.


Sky plot

Sky plot


The Needle Galaxy,