NGC 4565 - Needle Galaxy

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NGC 4565, also known as the Needle Galaxy, is an edge-on spiral galaxy approximately 40 million light years from Earth. Astronomers believe that our own Milky Way galaxy would appear this thin if viewed edge-on. 
This image was selected as the Amateur Astronomy Picture of the Day on May 19, 2019.
To the upper left is galaxy NGC 4562 (59 million light years away), and the small smudge just below and to the right is galaxy IC 3571 (58 million light years away).
This is the first image taken with our new mount, an Officina Stellare direct drive polar fork mount, through an Officina Stellare RiLA 600mm f/5.0 telescope and an FLI ML16200 CCD cooled to -25C. All subexposures were unguided. 80 8-minute luminance shots collected detail, while 140 4-minute RGB images added color. In total, more than 20 hours of light was collected over six nights, at our observatory one hour west of Bangkok.
Imaged and processed by the SC Observatory team: Mike Selby, Stefan Schmidt and Andy Chatman.

Object details

Galaxy in Coma Berenices

Right Ascension: 12h 36m 20.8s

Declination: +25° 59′ 16″

Magnitude: 10.42

Moon Age Average: N/A

Moon Phase Average: N/A

Imaging Setup


SC Observatory, Central Thailand

Apr 14, 2018, Apr 15, 2018, Apr 17, 2018, Apr 18, 2018, Apr 19, 2018 and Apr 21, 2018
Officina Stellare RiLA 600
Focal Length:
3000 mm
Officina Stellare Direct Drive Polar Fork
FLI ML 16200
Image Scale:
0.41 arcseconds/pixel
Imaging Software:


Processing Software:

Adobe Photoshop

PixInsight 1.8

Exposure Detail

Filter Filter Brand Bin Qty Exposure
L Astrodon 1x 80 480
R Astrodon 2x 54 240
G Astrodon 2x 45 240
B Astrodon 2x 49 240

Total Exposure Time

20 hours, 32 minutes

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