Object: Constellation: Coordinates: Size: Brightness:
NGC 4565 Com 12h36m / +2559' 14.8' x 2.1' 9.5mag

The galaxy NGC 4565 ("Needle Galaxy", Caldwell 38) in the constellation Coma Berenices on February 25 / 26, 2014. NGC 4565 is about 30 to 50 million light years from earth and was discovered by William Herschel in 1785 (source: Wikipedia).

Seventeen 3 minute exposures at ISO 800 were added for this shot with the DeepSkyStacker software (resulting in a 56 minutes exposure) and the final image processing was done in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).

Search chart for NGC 4565. Map © 2014 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", www.siaris.net. Map is slightly modified. The map can be downloaded here .