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NGC-4565 Edge on SPiral galxy

Caldwell 38 or NGC-4565 Edge on Spiral Galaxy

Caldwell 38 or NGC-4565 Edge on Spiral Galaxy, shining at magnitude 10.4,it is located at 30 to 50 million light years away in the direction of the constellation of Coma Berenices. Nick named the “Needle” Galaxy due its thin edge on profile. It was discovered by Sir William Herschel in 1785.

The central bulge of NGC-4565 is thought to have about 240 globular star clusters hovering around it, far more than our own Milky Way Galaxy.

The really cool thing is that if we were to back away from our own Milky Way galaxy and go about 50 million light years out and then look back we would look similar to this galaxy. The NGC4565 Galaxy is even more luminous that Andromeda, but is about 25 times more distant.

The smaller spiral galaxy to the upper left is NGC-4562, and there are several other little galaxies visible in the background as well.

NGC-4565 Certainly is one of my favorites to look at in my telescopes.

I captured this image from my backyard in the city of Dayton, Ohio with my Celestron 6 inch Newtonian Telescope, & ZWO ASI 174MM Cooled monochrome Cmos Camera with a 2 hour exposure.

Best Regards,

John Chumack


NGC-253 Spiral Galxy in Sculptor

NGC-253, A Bright Galaxy In The Constellation of Sculptor! This is the first light Test of a Deep Sky Space object using my unmodified Canon 6D. I’m very please with its performance…very Sensitive, clean at the Higher ISO it is great for Comets & Galaxies! This Galaxy sits very low in the south…so I was shooting through some hazy clouds for this shot.
I need to do more testing on Nebula, to see how well it records the Red end of the Spectrum! This was a single 4 minute exposure at ISO 2500, at the prime focus of my home-built 16″ Newt. Scope, taken at my Observatories  in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

NGC-253 is a relatively Nearby Galaxy, located at 11.4 Million Light Years away, it shines at ~ Magnitude 8, so is visible in Binocular from a dark location.

Best Regards,
John Chumack

1/2 a Billion Lights Years Away!

The Hercules Super Cluster of Galaxies……..1/2 a Billion Light Years away!!!!

The Hercules Galaxy Cluster (Abell 2151) is a cluster of about 200 galaxies some 500 million light-years distant in the constellation Hercules.

It is rich in spiral galaxies and shows many interacting galaxies. The cluster is part of the larger Hercules Supercluster, which is itself part of the much larger Great Wall super-structure.

If you have a telescope…..then go to the 5th mag star 5 Hercules and then drift about 30’ (Arc minutes) east to 7th magnitude star HD 144149.

You will need about 200x of magnification, as this seems to work best for this cluster as all its members are very small mainly due to their remoteness!

Try to see how many galaxies you can glimpse with your own eyes! You will have then looked back 1/2 a billion years, or seen light that left those galaxies 1/2 a billion years ago!!!!

1 Hour exposure with my QHY8 Cooled CCD camera & 16″ diameter Homemade Newtonian telescope.

Captured from my observatory in JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It wasn’t the best of conditions that night but went for it anyway on 05-31-2014.

Best Regards,

John Chumack