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NGC4565 Needle Galaxy 

Classification: Edge-on spiral galaxy
Constellation: Coma Berenices (COM)
Object Location: Ra 12h 37m 03s Dec +25° 54’21° (current)
Size & Distance: 15.8 x 2.1 Apx 40 Million light-years.

Date & Location: 03-04-2011 Little Blair Valley
Exposure: LRGB L=6 @ 10min (bin 1x1, RGB=3ea. @ 10min (bin 2x2)
Optics: Telescope Engineering Company APO140ED @ f/7 F/L 940mm
Mount: Astro-Physics 900 GTO / ATS 10x36 Pier
Camera: SBIG-ST10XME @-20c
Filters: Astrodon G2 LRGB
Software: MaxImDL 4.56, Photoshop CS.

Notes: Sky conditions: Average seeing, calm winds, mid 40’s
Image Field of view is 39.2 x 27.5 arcmin.
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NGC 4565 (also known as the Needle Galaxy or Caldwell 38) is an edge-on spiral galaxy  in the constellation Coma Berenices.

The galaxy sits perpendicular to our own Milky Way galaxy and is almost directly above the North Galactic Pole (in the same way Polaris is located above the Earth's North Pole).
NGC 4565 is a giant spiral galaxy more luminous than the Andromeda Galaxy and it has been proposed that if it were viewed face-on, it would be the most spectacular of the galaxies of its type.
There are many other small galaxies in this FOV. NGC4562 is lower left, IC3546 & IC3543 are lower right are the most prominent.
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