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|NGC 4244||Canes Venatici||12h17m / +37°48'||17.0' x 2.2'||10.2 mag|
The edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4244 (Caldwell 26, Silver Needle Galaxy) in the constellation Canes Venatici. NGC 4244 is a member of the Canes Venatici I Group of galaxies (together with Messier 94 and Messier 106) and lies approximately 14 million light-years away from Earth. NGC 4244 was discovered by German-born British astronomer Frederick William Herschel in 1787 (source: Wikipedia).
Forty-five 3-minute exposures (132 minutes total exposure) at ISO 800 taken on May 8 / 9, 2021 were added for this shot with the DeepSkyStacker software and the final image processing was done in Photoshop.
Equipment: Nikon D7500 Lifepixel h-alpha 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.