NGC 4565: The Flying Saucer Galaxy.

This is a quite bright galaxy in the constellation of Coma Berenices.
It is an edge-on spiral 100,000 light years in diameter and 30 million light years away.
The milky way would look very much like this from a distant extragalactic viewpoint.

I first imaged this wonderful galaxy with my DSI pro in 2007 and was pretty pleased with the results.
When I got my Atik camera I had to have another go!
This image was awarded 'picture of the month' by the BBC's 'Sky at Night' magazine in August 2008, and the Dorset Echo also featured it.

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Telescope. 14 inch LX200GPS at F6.3.

Camera. Atik 16HR.

This is 4 hrs 45 minutes of data from a run of 5 hrs 48 minutes taken on the 1st, 2nd and 7th of April 2007.
All exposures are 3 minutes, RG & B binned 2x2.
Luminance x 55