IC 342

IC 342

IC 342 (mag 8.4) is a spiral galaxy in Camelopardalis. Although its total magnitude is fairly bright for a galaxy, it covers a relatively large area in the sky so the actual surface brightness is quite low. It's known as the "hidden galaxy". The core of the galaxy is the fuzzy bright spot at the centre. Traces of the spiral arms can be seen to the upper left.

Image taken 18 Jan 2020. A stack of 114 30-second exposures.