Glenn's Astrophotography




NGC4565 - also known as the Needle Galaxy is a spiral galaxy oriented nearly edge-on as seen from earth and is located in the constellation Coma Berenices. NGC4565 is very similar in size and mass to our galaxy, The Milky Way and at a distance of 32.6 million light years from earth gives a good approximation of the appearance of an edge-on view of our galaxy from an equal distance.

Image capture and processing information:

Date/Location: April 16th, 2007 Lake Sonoma, Sonoma County, California
Instrument: SBIG ST-2000XCM through an Orion 6 inch Newtonian reflector
Focal Ratio: f5.0
Guiding: Self-Guiding camera
Conditions: Visually clear
Weather: 43 F, moderate breeze
Exposure: 10 minute single exposure
Processing: Focused and captured with CCDOPS. Image processed using CCDOPS and Adobe Photoshop CS2