NGC 4565 -- Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices
NGC 4565 is one of the best edge-on galaxies for amateur telescopes. Since it is nearly
straight overhead from my suburban backyard, and thus less affected by local light-pollution,
it may very well be the most impressive edge-on galaxies that I can observe from my house.
In the modest 6-inch refractor, at 182x magnification, I can make out the dark dust lanes that
are prominent along the edge of this galaxy.
The most used common name for NGC 4565 is the Needle Galaxy, but you cannot fool me!
Is this not the space ship that brought Klaatu and Gort to Earth in the 1951 classic “The Day
the Earth Stood Still”?