NGC 4244 - Galaxy in Canes Venatici

NGC 4244 is an edge-on spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Canes Venatici. It is commonly refered to as the Silver Needle Galaxy. It is It is part of the M94 group, lying approximately 13 million light years away and spanning 65 million light years.

Telescope: APM 152mm Refractor
Mount: iOptron CEM 60

Canon 650D (Hap Griffin modified); Raw capture @ ISO 1600
Canon 7D Mark II (unmodified); Raw capture @ ISO 2000

Exposures: 10 @ 5 min. with the Canon 7D M II; 12 @ 5 min. with the Canon 650D
Guiding: Orion SSAG pro on 300mm Vivitar lens
Processing: Images were focused using Live View. They were converted to TIFF format using Camera Raw. They were aligned and combined using ImagesPlus. The final image was adjusted in Photoshop. Sharpening and noise reduction were done using Topaz Detail and DeNoise respectively. Some cropping was applied.
Location: My backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota - 6/3-5/16
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