The Whale and Hockey Stick Galaxies in Canes Venatici

The Whale is more technically known as NGC 4631. We see its bulging form in the lower right, accompanied by its blip of a companion NGC 4627.  In the upper left lies the "Hockey Stick", NGC 4657. with the characteristic hook or blade that gives it its nickname.

This was made with my 92mm refractor from about 30 5-minute exposures using a ZWO ASI294MC Pro camera. My site was in the Mojave Desert with a Bortle Scale number of about 3.

Image copyright by Joe Bergeron.