C32 Whale Galaxy


Mark Griffith

Swindon, Wiltshire. UK

Teleskop service 12″ Richey-Chretien telescope, Skywatcher EQ8 mount,Atik 383L+ camera, Astronomik LRGB filters,

Edge on barred spiral galaxy in the constellation canes venatici.

Also captured the small companion galaxy NGC 4627.

Cropped this image to highlight this galaxy.

Increased exposure times to ten minutes to capture as much detail as possible.

Autoguiding difficult as not many bright stars nearby.

Used a small mono camera and 3×3 binning in the PHD guiding software to solve this problem.

Data collected on three nights. 3rd, 10th & 15th February 2016.

LRGB image with 9 hours and 10 minutes of data. 28 x Lum 9 x Red 9 x Green 9 x Blue 10 minutes exposures.