The Whale and Hockey Stick
The Whale (NGC 4631) is an edge on spiral galaxy about 25 million light years away. Both the Whale and the Hockey Stick (NGC 4656) seen at lower left have smaller interacting companion galaxies. The one next to the Whale is often referred to as the "pup", and the two together are sometimes photographed together as the "Whale and Pup".

Image Details
Camera: Starlight Xpress Trius-694
Optic: Veloce RH-200 @ f/3
Exposure: 6x10minutes each, RGB
Mount: Paramount MX, TheSkyX
Date: February 26, 2014
Other: First place winner (Deep Space)
Astrophotography contest, WSP 2014

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The Whale and Hockey Stick