NGC 4244 (Canes Venatici)

Object image
Fig.1 - A silver needle in the sky: NGC 4244 (Caldwell 26) in Canes Venatici, photographed with a 16-inch f/4.5 Dob on an equatorial platform.
Object name: Constellation: Coordinates: Apparent size: Visual brightness:
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.

Search chart
Fig.2 - Search chart for NGC 4244. Map © 2021 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", Map is slightly modified. The map can be downloaded here.