The Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631)

Posted by azstarman01
on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

This is an image of NGC4631, also known as the Whale Galaxy. It is a barred spiral galaxy about 30 million light years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. It gets its name from the fact that it resembles a whale. With the smaller elliptical galaxy NGC4627 above it, it looks like a mother whale with her calf.

Location: Dark Sky New Mexico
Telescope: Planewave CDK-17
Camera: Apogee CG16M
Mount: Paramount ME
Luminance: 24x20 minutes (binned 1x1)
Red: 12x15 minutes (binned 2x2)
Green: 12x15 minutes (binned 2x2)
Blue: 12x15 minutes (binned 2x2)

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