NGC 4565: the Needle Galaxy
A spiral galaxy seen edge on, in Coma Berenices. You can see dusty lanes within the spiral arms, just as in our own galaxy the Milky Way. The Needle Galaxy is about the same size as the Milky Way too, about 100,000 light years across, and lies 31 million light years away. In the central bulge are many older yellow stars. Further out in the spiral arms are blueish zones where younger stars are being formed.
Just to its left, and a little lower, is NGC 4562.
Orion Optics UK AG16 Astrograph at f3.8: SBIG 11000 CM: Titan Mount
12 x 10 minutes minutes (2hours total) single shot colour, processed with CCDStack, Photoshop, Pixinsight, taken automatically with CCDAP5. Using IDAS D1 filter for light pollution reduction.
Data capture: 13th April and 3rd May 2014