NGC 4216 - Galaxy in Virgo

NGC 4216 lies approximately 40 million light years away in the constallation of Virgo. It spans 100,000 light years, the same size as the Milky Way. This spiral galaxy has a low amount of raw hydrogen. It therefore has a very low rate of star-formation.

Other salient galaxies in the image include NGC 4206 at the upper left and NGC 4222 at the lower right. Numerous background galaxies are also visible in this image.


Telescope: TS-Optics 10in. f/5 Newtonian
Camera: Modified Canon 650D; ISO 1600
Mount: iOptron CEM60
Guiding: QHY-5L-II M on 60mm guide scope

24 @ 5 min.


Images were focused using camera's live view with a Bahtinov mask. The subframes were captured, aligned, and combined with ImagesPlus. The composite image was adjusted in Photoshop. Topaz Detail and DeNoise were applied.


Shot from my backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota on 5/2 and 5/4 of 2019.

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