NGC 4565 (UGC 7772) Galaxy in Coma Berenices

Located at: RA 12 hours 36 minutes 21 seconds, Dec +25 degrees 59 minutes 17 seconds

Size: 15.9' x 1.8' Magnitude: 10.4 blue Class: SA(s)b? sp

North is up

West to the right


 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector


 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c & -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56


Lumicon Red filter, 600 minutes (60 x 10 minute subs), 04/28/29 & 05/1/2/2013; seeing 3.2-5.8 FWHM per CCDStack


CCDStack 2.69.4870.18821, Photoshop CS5.1


 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: NGC 4565 is the prototype for on-edge galaxies. See the 8" version.

I had to stop imaging, even though I only had two nights of 'average' seeing. The last night (May 2) had poor seeing (4-6 arcsec), as the off-shore event that created the Springs Fire was just beginning. The smoke from the Springs Fire scrubbed the last possible night, and then an unusual weather pattern (for May) developed, with clouds/possible rain for several days.

The small galaxy to the SSW of NGC 4565 is NGC 4562 (2.5'x0.7', mag 14.0p, Cl: SB(s)dm: sp).

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4565
NGC 4565 = UGC 07772 = MCG +04-30-006 = CGCG 129-010 = FGC 1471 = PGC 42038
12 36 20.6 +25 59 15
V = 9.6;  Size 15.8x2.1;  SB = 13.3;  PA = 136d

17.5": bright, very large, edge-on 12:1 NW-SE, dimensions approximately 
16'x1.5'.  A beautiful dark lane is visible continuously with direct vision 
along most of major axis although more prominent in the center.  The galaxy is 
split asymmetrically by the dust lane with the southern half both larger and 
brighter.  There is subtle scalloped structure visible along the dust lane.  
Contains a small bright core with a stellar nucleus at the south edge of the 
lane.  A mag 13.5 star is 1.6' NE of the center.

13": a faint dark lane splits central bulge into two unequal parts.  The nucleus 
is brightest to the south of the lane.  The northern section beyond the lane is 

- by Steve Gottlieb
Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4562
NGC 4562 = UGC 07758 = MCG +04-30-004 = CGCG 129-008 = (R)N4565A = PGC 41955
12 35 34.8 +25 51 00
V = 13.5;  Size 2.5x0.8;  SB = 14.1;  PA = 48d

17.5": faint, small, elongated SW-NE, low even surface brightness, visible with 
direct vision.  Elongated at a right angle to N4565 13' NE.  Located just S of a 
string of five mag 10-12.5 stars of length 11' oriented N-S.

- by Steve Gottlieb