Sil­ver Needle Galaxy (NGC 4244) in Canes Venatici

NGC 4244, also known as Cald­well 26, is a very late type spir­al galaxy seen exactly from the edge. The galaxy dis­plays no cent­ral bulge, but it does have a tiny cent­ral con­dens­a­tion. Estim­ated at a dis­tance of 10 mil­lion light-years, the lin­ear dia­met­er is about 46’000 light-years.

[descrip­tion from O’Meara]

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RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
ASA DDM85
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 460:140:160:140 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Sil­ver Needle Galaxy (NGC 4244)​ in Canes Venatici

NGC 4244 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.

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