NGC 4631 - The Whale Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy in Canis Venatici with it's neighbor, NGC 4627

Magnitude: 12.60,  Surface Brightness: 13.60,  Dimension: 1.9'x 1.4' ,  RA: 12h42m51.82s,  DE:+1955'15.6"


Optics 8" LX200 Classic @ f/5.9
Mount LX200
Camera Starlight Xpress MX7-C
Filter Baader UV-Ir
Exposure 20 - 6 minute subexposures
Processing Acquired in AstroArt3, Deconvolution, DDP.  SGBNR in PixInsight, final work in Photoshop7
Date 05.01.05
Location Elk Grove, CA
Notes Seeing and transparency were only fair to poor.  This image had the best guiding performance to date with my new SXV guider and NS80 scope.  Only minor deconvolution was required.  As usual, this object could stand more exposure time, probably about another hour's worth.