NGC 4244, The Silver Needle Galaxy, Canes Venatici
A small spiral galaxy like our own, seen exactly edge on, like our own. It lies 6 times as far away as the Andromeda Galaxy, lying 13.5 million light years away. At about 65,000 light years across, it's a tad bigger than M33. Loosely wound spiral arms contain bright gaseous clumps along their length especially towards the edges of the galaxy, along with dark dust lanes seen more easily at the centre.
Orion Optics UK AG16 Astrograph: SBIG STL 11000 OSC camera: Titan Mount
28 x 10 minutes (4hrs 40mins total)
Data capture March 2015