NGC 4236 is a face on barred spiral galaxy with low surface brightness (about 24 mag/arc-sec²), located in Draco. It appears to be a part of the M81 local group of galaxies, although some references put it just outside of the M81 group. In either case, it is about 11.7 million light years distant. Because of it's low surface brightness (and I suspect its relatively amorphous blue color) there appear to be few images of this galaxy. Being a bit closer than M81, yet much less bright, and may be obscurred to some degree by interstellar dust. The exact cause of this discrepancy in brightness is not known. This image was taken March 28 and March 30, 2012. It is 5 hours of total exposure under only fair skies. Click on the image for a better look.