Skies By Africa

Images of the Heavens By Eric Africa

NGC 4565

NGC 4565
NGC 4565 is one of the more famous edge-on spiral galaxies, and one of my personal favorites (the other being NGC 891), mostly thanks to the dust lane bisecting the galaxy in this edge-on view. Unlike NGC 891, however, NGC 4565 has no giant galaxy stealing the show from it nearby.

I have only imaged this galaxy once so far, mainly because I have been searching for a decent-quality, longer-focal-length instrument to image galaxies with. I'm pretty happy with the version I have currently managed, though there's always room for improvement. What helped me with this particular image is that I shot it from a friend's dark sky site.

NGC 4565 is reasonably visible with an 8" telescope from light-polluted skies. I have seen it from my back yard, though details are absent.
Constellation: Coma Berenices
When Visible: March - July
Distance: 31 Million Light-years
Date: April 2007
Location: Highland County, Ohio
Exposure Details:
L: 14 x 10 Minutes binned 1x1
R: 11 x 5 Minutes binned 1x1
G: 11 x 5 Minutes binned 1x1
B: 11 x 5 Minutes binned 1x1
Equipment Used: Takahashi Mewlon 210 with Astro-Physics 0.67 Telecompressor on a Takahashi EM200 Temma 2 mount. SBIG ST-8XE camera with CFW-8a filter wheel and Astrodon LRGB filters.
Acquisition Software : MaximDL
Processing Software: MaximDL, Photoshop CS, IrFanView