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NGC4631 is a starburst galaxy that is viewed edge on from Earth and interacts tidally with the dwarf galaxy NGC4627, forming a "light bridge" between the two objects.   It has also very vibrant star forming regions along its length. Due to its shape it is commonly known as the Whale and Companion. 

The image below is an LRGB image and represents about 7 hours integration and was taken with my Esprit 150. 

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