Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Coma Berenices (Com)  ·  Contains:  IC 3571  ·  NGC 4562  ·  NGC 4565  ·  Needle Galaxy
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NGC 4565 - spring has sprung, 



    
        

            Tom Gray
NGC 4565 - spring has sprung
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NGC 4565 - spring has sprung

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NGC 4565 - spring has sprung, 



    
        

            Tom Gray
NGC 4565 - spring has sprung
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NGC 4565 - spring has sprung

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Meade 2080 SCT 8" LX5
Imaging Cameras
Meade DSI 3 Pro
Mounts
Meade Fork mount w/wedge Meade
Filters
Meade RGB-IR Cut 1.25"
Accessories
Bahtinov Mask · Homemade ST4 autoguider · Meade f3.3 focal reducer/field flattener Meade Focal reducer
Software
SiliconFields / Ivo Jager StarTools v1.6 · PHD2 Guiding V 2.6 · Meade Envisage V4.10
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Meade 8x50mm Finder/Guider
Guiding Cameras
Orion Starshoot autoguider

Acquisition details

Dates:
March 22, 2021
Frames:
11x300" (55')
Integration:
55'
Avg. Moon age:
8.22 days
Avg. Moon phase:
58.81%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4337676

RA center: 12h36m18s.5

DEC center: +25°5728

Pixel scale: 1.764 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 357.235 degrees

Field radius: 0.414 degrees

Resolution: 1351x1015

Locations: Home 'observatory' (Bortle 5), Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Data source: Backyard

Description

Spanning 100,000 LY and about 40m LY distant, NGC 4565 is a spectacular edge on, probably barred spiral, with a large central bulge. Looking like a thin silver needle it is a fine sight in an eyepiece, and spectacular to image - HST reveals extraordinary detail in the strong dust lane that crosses the galaxy. NGC 4565 is similar to our Milky Way galaxy, with numerous globular clusters and at least two satellite galaxies.

I took this in the hour before astronomical twilight ended, after the moon had set, and after an evening battling with my autoguider - once I had set the right profile in PHD it worked flawlessly and I managed 12 x 300s luminance subs. I like the wider FOV at f3, and it is certainly worth me collecting more data, and some colour subs. I may also try this at f6, or f10 if we have a really decent night, to try and tease out some more detail.

Spring has sprung and it is good to have had one clear night with better seeing...

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