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NGC 4244

Spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici.

NGC 4244, also Caldwell 26, is an edge-on loose spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici, and is part of the M94 Group or Canes Venatici I Group, a galaxy group relatively close to the Local Group containing the Milky Way.

NGC 4244
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Object: NGC 4244
Date of exposures: 22.03.2020, 23.03.2020
Distance: 14 Mio. Lightyears
Exposures: Lum: 103 x 180 Sec., RGB: 216 x 180 Sec., Sum: 16,0 hrs.
Telescope: 10'', F4 Newton
Focal length: 1000 mm
Filter: Astrodon LRGB, E-Series
Camera: ASI 1600 MMC Pro
Guiding: Off Axis Guider, Lodestar
Mount: EQ8

It is located near the yellow naked-eye star, Beta Canum Venaticorum, but also near the barred spiral galaxy NGC 4151 and irregular galaxy NGC 4214.

It is also called the "Silver Needle Galaxy" and is estimated to be 12-14 million light years away from the Milky Way and has a diameter of about 55,000 light years. The object is a member of the Canes-Venatici-I group, the closest neighbour of the Local Group. The object was discovered on 17 March 1787 by the German-British astronomer Wilhelm Herschel.