NGC 4565

Also known as the Needle Galaxy, NGC 4565 is an edge-on spiral galaxy that is located about 30 - 50 million light years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. Its core of stars bulges out from the center of a thin disk while the prominent dust lanes accent this beautiful galaxy.


The galaxy to the lower left is NGC 4562 and is about 75 light years from earth. Both galaxies are estimated to span 100,000 light years.


Many astronomers and sky enthusiasts consider NGC 4565 to be a prominent celestial masterpiece that was somehow missed by Charles Messier.

OTA:  Vixen VC200L

Camera:  Atik 460ex w/EFW2 filter wheel

Filters:  Astrodon LRGB

Mount:  CGEM DX

Exposure:  L:R:G:B    300:60:60:60 (m)  rgb bin 2x2

Data obtained:  March/April 2014

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory