NGC 4656 from BMV Observatories
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
NGC 4656
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NGC 4656 is a magnitude 10.4 galaxy in Canes Venatici, sometimes called the 'Hockey Stick' due to its distorted shape. It has an apparent size of 13.8 x 3.3 arc minutes, and is estimated to be 25 million light years away. I gathered over 10 hours of data to try to tease out detail in the faint star clouds.

Imaging data:
Date: March 23 April 25,27,28 2009
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Meade LX200R-14 at f/7.9 2811 mm
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera/Filters: Apogee Alta U8300 FLI CFW-2-7 FLI Filters
Guiding: ST-402 with NP101 at 540 mm
Exposure: Luminance: 53x5 minutes binned 2x2, R:22x5 min G:18x4 min B:26x6 min all binned 3x3 for a total of 10 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing using Photoshop.