Updated: 4.29.04

NGC4631 is a large edge-on galaxy in Canes Venatici and is also known as the Whale and Pup. The pup is the satellite companion, NGC4627, which is thought to be distorting NGC4631. The Whale is 17' x 3.5' in size with a brightness of 9.8 magnitude, making it a nice ccd target. Some optical distortions are present in this image, despite excellent guiding. This shot was taken during the Chiefland Spring Star Party.

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Image info:

12"LX200 on a Losmandy Titan Mount

Starlight Express

36x4 mins

f/5.3 (Optec FR)

Acquired and processed in Maxim (no darks and no flats)

guided with an STV on a piggybacked Sky90 refractor


Chiefland Spring Star Party