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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.
By Martin Meredith
Another night of clear and clouds -- ideal for short live captures! These two are 60s exposures on the usual kit under a half-moon.
First, ngc4631 and its satellite dwarf galaxy ngc4627, known as the whale and pup.
Then, being chased by the clouds the only window happened to be Canes Venatici so I took a first look at M51 with the Lodestar:
Even in a big dob I haven't seen it like that. I dug out some notes from 2011 when M51 hosted a supernova just to check that the bright star at about 5 o'clock wasn't another one .
I hate to think what the new monochrome Lodestar would do with this object under moonless skies at a fast f-ratio...
Does anyone know what the almost vertical faint smear near bottom right is? Looks like a faint edge-on galaxy.
I pushed up to 90s to get this noticeably less-noise image
It's beginning to show some oval stars due to running in alt-az mode but nothing to distract from M51 (this isn't AP after all).
Am I the only one getting decent-ish weather at the moment?