The Needle Galaxy... NGC 4565
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Added April 12, 2021 ...
This galaxy also designated as NGC 4565 is seen nearly edge-on. It gets its name from the apparent needle shape. In the sky is located in the tail of Leo which is now known as Coma Berenices. It is somewhere between 30-50 million light-years away with an estimated distance of 42 LY. This is an extremely large galaxy containing about a trillion stars ... more than 4 times more than the 200 billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy. You can see some far distant galaxies in this view. I took this on the night of April 12 using a monochrome camera and the 130mm refractor telescope.

That Techy Stuff for those who want to know:
Telescope: Orion EON 130mm with a focal length of 910mm (f/7)
Mount: Celestron AVX
Camera: ZWO ASI 1600mm at -10C
Filters: R-G-B
Sub frames: 12 @ 300seconds each
Calibration Frames: Darks, Flats, DarkFlats
Capture program: N.I.N.A.
Stacked in DDS
Post processed: PixInsight and Photoshop



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