NGC 4214 in Canes Venatici

How would the Large Magel­lan­ic Cloud (LMC) look at a dis­tance of 11 mil­lion light-years? Very much like NGC 4214 — a Magel­lan­ic-type irreg­u­lar galaxy with the same lin­ear extent (30’000 light-yers). Seen at this dis­tance, the galaxy appears as a chaot­ic won­der shin­ing at 9.8mag with blue star­burst regions and numer­ous HII regions.

The faint patch below NGC 4214 is UGCA 276 with a bright­ness of 18.5mag, the bright­er galaxy at the bot­tom UGC 7257 with 14.2mag.

[descrip­tion from O’Meara]


RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 680:160:120:120 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

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NGC 4214 Galaxy Sky Chart Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

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Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.