NGC-4656, distorted spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici
NGC-4656 is a highly warped barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Canes Venatici, The Hunting Dogs. It is sometimes called the "Hockey Stick" galaxy because of the hook in one end caused by the attached galaxy NGC-4657. This galaxy lies at a distance of 30 million light years from Earth, and is part of the NGC-4631 group of galaxies.
This image, acquired on April 20, 2020, is a 1 hour integration of 6 minute exposures through the Celestron C-11 at f/2, using the HyperStar III imaging system and the ZWO ASI 071MC color CMOS camera, operatig at -10 degrees below ambient temperature and binned 1 X 1. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL5 Pro. Post processed using PhotoShop CS2, Gradient XTerminator, StarShrink, Carboni's Astro Tools, and NoiseWare.