NGC 4656 in Canes Venatici

NGC 4656 is an irreg­u­lar barred spir­al galaxy, sim­il­ar to the Small Magel­lan­ic Cloud in Tucan. We see NGC 4656 merely 10° from edge on. NGC 4656 is a large sys­tem, with a phys­ic­al dia­met­er of 91’000 light-years. It belongs to the Coma-Scult­pr Cloud of galax­ies.
The image is a clas­sic­al LRGB with North at 4 o’clock.

[descrip­tion from O’Meara]

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RCOS 14.5″ f/​8
ASA DDM85
Andor CG16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 580:160:180:180 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

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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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