Needle Galaxy is located constellation Coma Berenices The light from there traveled 40 million years, because the galaxy is approximately 40 million light years from Earth. Actually, what we are looking at is 40 million years old picture. The needle shape is caused by its orientation towards our Milky Way Galaxy (the plane of the galactic disk is perpendicular in our view).

Telescope:Newton 254/1000 mm
Aperture:254 mm
Focal length:1150 mm
MountGemini G53f
AutoguidingOrion Mini Autoguider
Camera:Moravian instruments G2 8300M @-40C
Corrector:Explore Scientific
Filters:Baader LRGB
Exposure:8x30xL, 180 s, bin 1x1, 12xRGB 120 s, bin 2x2