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NGC 4565 on March 21st, 2009

NGC is an unbarred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Coma Berenices. Its distance is 53 million lightyears and it is 100 000 lightyears across. Note the dust clouds concentrated in the galaxy's plane! NGC 4565 was discovered by William Herschel in 1785. Some gallery images show several faint galaxies in the galaxy's neighbourhood. The brightest one is NGC 4562.
ATIK 314 L CCD camera at the prime focus of a TeleVue Genesis refractor (100/540). Tracking control with ST-4 Autoguider. Composite of four frames. The exposure times were 300, 600, 900 and 1200 seconds.

© Markus Weber and Eva Seidenfaden 2009.

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