NGC4565 - The Needle Galaxy

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  • RA: 12:36.3
  • Dec:  +25:59
  • Magnitude: 9.6
  • Size: 16 x 3 arc min
  • Distance: 31000 kly
  • Constellation:  Coma Berenices
  • Scope: 8" SCT at f/10
  • Autoguider: ST-4 faint mode
  • Sky conditions:  Good seeing and very good transparency.
  • Camera: Hap Griffin Modified Canon 350XT @ 800
  • Exposure: 9 x 10 minutes
  • Date:  April 17, 2010

Comments:  NGC4565 was discovered by William Herschel in 1785.  This considerably bright, very large edge-on spiral galaxy is thought to resemble how the Milky Way galaxy would appear if viewed from outside.  The temperature was in the mid-30s.   To the lower right of NGC4565 it appears that the 14th magnitude galaxy NGC 4562 is to the lower right of NGC4565. Other faint galaxies are visible in the image.