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NGC 4565

NGC 4565 is an excellent example of an edge-on spiral galaxy. If our own galaxy was viewed from this perspective some 49 million light years distant, it would appear very much like this. The dust lane is the obscuring lane of gas and dust that blocks (reddens) the light from the interior. Also notice the dwarf galaxy on the bottom-left of the image. This galaxy is very much like two other notable examples: M104 and NGC 891.

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Last Updated: 02-Apr-2014

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Equipment

20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Two iterations of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were applied to the luminance image.

Data was taken through thin clouds.

Luminance = 110 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Bruce Hugo and Leslie Gaul/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF