Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
NGC 4244 is a mag 10.2 needle-like edge-on galaxy in Canes Venatici. It is estimated at only 4-8
million light years distance. It is sometimes called 'The Silver Needle Galaxy'. It is thought to be
part of the Canes I local group, which contains about 40 members including M94.
Date: April 15, 24 2008
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Meade LX200R 12 inch at f/10
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: SBIG ST-8XME / CFW-8
Guiding: ST-8XME integral guiding chip controlled by Maxim CCD
Exposure: LRGB: Luminance: 12x10 minutes unbinned; RGB: 4 each binned 2x2 - 8 min for
R,G, and 9 min for B for a total of 3.7 hrs.
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim
DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.