NGC 4656 the Hockey Stick Galaxy
Copyright 2012
Larry Phillips
NGC 4656 the Hockey Stick Galaxy in the constellation Canes Vanatici

Strong interacation with its neighbor, NGC 4631 the Whale Galaxy

Distance: 30 Milliion light years
Size: 195,000 light years long
Camera: SBIG ST-10XME
Telescope: Astrophysics Starfire 140 EDT F7.5
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO with Advanced Telescope Systems portable pier
Images: 1170 subexposures of 5 minutes each with 37 of luminance, 44 of red, 48 of green, and 41 of blue for a total of 14 hours and 10 minutes
Date: May 2011
Software: Camera, mount, and guider control - CCD Commander & MaximDL; calibration, stacking, & RGB creation in CCDStack, and further processing in Photoshop CS4.