NGC 4565 – The Needle Galaxy is an edge-on spiral galaxy between 30 to 50 million light years away located in the Coma Berenices constellation.


  • Comprised of 10 minute exposures for each filter: 12x Red, 10x Green, 11x Blue, and 10x Luminance.
  • Captured the nights of 18 and 19 March, 2021
  • Captured remotely at Rusty’s RV Ranch, Rodeo, NM
  • Processed in PixInsight



Resident Tesla nut and polymath. Raised in eastern Kentucky, joined the US Navy at 19 to operate a Nuclear Reactor on a Fast-Attack submarine. After finishing his enlistment, Michael has continued to follow his passions in technology, astronomy, and of course, traveling the country.


Dan · 2021-04-07 at 12:31

What seeing are you getting with your setup at Rusty’s RV Ranch? With my ASI294-MC on a C EdgeHD 8″ the best I can get is ~4-5″ here in Boise.

    Michael · 2021-04-07 at 17:09

    Hi Dan,
    Seeing at Rusty’s is commonly in the 4″ to 5″ range as well coming off my setup. I’m seeing low 4″ ( 4.03 from one sample, 4.1 in another ) in most of my raw data over the past few nights of shooting I’ve done. I have seen it in the 3″ range on especially calm nights. It doesn’t get much better due to the air flow pouring over the Chiricahua Mountains from the west.

      Dan · 2021-04-07 at 17:13

      Nice! And now I don’t feel so bad, either. šŸ˜‰

Nick soerjono · 2021-06-16 at 01:17

Beautiful capture! This is one of my favorite galaxies.

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