Another galaxy from the fine spell we had in March 2012.
NGC 4145 is a nicely formed by very small spiral parked right next to an extremely bright Mag 7 star, which makes for an attractive if challanging framing.
The smooth result comes from oodles of exposure. 4 hours on the 8 inch newtonian.
cCaptured and image calibrated in Maxim, final processing in Photoshop
This image was autoguided using my homemade off axis guider with Lodestar.
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Curdridge Observatory, Southampton,UK