The Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631) and the Hockey Stick Galaxy (NGC 4656/NGC4657) are two barred spiral galaxies located in the constellation Canes Venatici. The Whale and the Hockey Stick are beautiful objects that are often photographed together due to their proximity with one another.
We imaged these targets from a Bortle 4 zone, and spent about 3 hours on them using our refractor telescope and one-shot-color camera.
Object Designation: NGC 4631, NGC 4656 & NGC 4657
Also known as: The Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631) and the Hockey Stick Galaxy (NGC 4656/57)