M106 and friends
Spiral galaxy M106 lies in Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs. It lies a measly 25 million light years from my garden. Its equatorial plane is tilted to our line of sight, rather like M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, which is 10 times closer, and has many similar features. M106's spiral arms end in bright blue knots of young clusters dominated by massive new stars. Just above in this image is galaxy NGC4248, and to the upper left is NGC4220. To the upper right is edge on spiral NGC4217, and if you look carefully there are many smaller and more distant galaxies in the picture too.
Orion Optics UK AG16 Astrograph: SBIG 11000 CM: Titan Mount
22 x 5 minutes (1 hr 50 minutes total) single shot colour, processed with CCDStack, Photoshop, Pixinsight
Data capture 23rd and 24th March 2012