Needle Galaxy


Dan Crowson

Animas, New Mexico

maged March 10th, 13th and 16th, 2016 from Rancho Hidalgo (Animas, New Mexico) with a SBIG STF-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT12RCT at f/8 2432mm.


NGC 4565 (the Needle Galaxy, UGC 7772, PGC 42038 and Caldwell 38) is an edge-on spiral located 30-50 million light-years away in Coma Berenices. Research has determined that it is much brighter and the Andromeda Galaxy (M31). It would be an amazing site if viewed face-on.

The galaxy at the bottom right is magnitude 13.5 NGC 4562 (also NGC 4565A).

Luminance – 24x600s – 240 minutes – binned 1×1
RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2×2

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours