"NGC 4631 (also known as the Whale Galaxy or Caldwell 32) is an edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. This galaxy's slightly distorted wedge shape gives it the appearance of a herring or a whale, hence its nickname. Because this nearby galaxy is seen edge-on from Earth, professional astronomers observe this galaxy to better understand the gas and stars located outside the plane of the galaxy.
NGC 4656/57 is a galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici and is sometimes informally called the Hockey Stick Galaxies or the Crowbar Galaxy. The galaxy is a member of the NGC 4631 Group. A Luminous Blue Variable in ""super-outburst"" was discovered in NGC 4656/57 by Doug Rich on March 21, 2005."
Equipment and processing
Telescope: Orion 8 inch F5
Mount: Orion Atlas
Camera: ST 8300M
Filters: Baader LRGB
Capture software: Maxim
Exposures: L: Bin1 9x300, RGB: Bin1 9x300