The Silver Needle Galaxy


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Catalog
Obj Type
Location
Date Taken:
SSRO
NGC 4244
Galaxy
Mayhill, NM
05-30-2006
Description
The Silver Needle Galaxy, NGC 4244, is a fairly close edge on spiral in Canes Venatici.  The nearness of the galaxy at about 6 million light years allows good resolution of the intragalactic structure.  Stars and the bisecting dust lane stand out well in this image.  This galaxy has generated recent scientific interest as a subject to study dark matter halos. 
Technical Details
Exposure Time:
LLRGB (90 minutes of L and 75 minutes of each color with color binned 2x2)
Camera:
SBIG STL-11000M
Telescope:
RCOS 16 inch f/8.7 Ritchey-Chretien
Mount:
Software Bisque Paramount ME
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