(IAAC) Obj: M84, M86, NGC: 4406, 4438,4425, 4388, 4413, 4374, and 4435. - Inst: 20" f/5 Obsession


Observer: Randy J Rogers
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 03/01/98; 00:35
Location of site: 20 miles NE of Durant, OK (Lat , Elev )
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 8 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 20" f/5 Obsession
Magnification: 94X, 121
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M84, M86, NGC: 4406, 4438,4425, 4388, 4413, 4374, and 4435.
Category: External galaxy
Class: Virgo Galaxy Supercluster
Constellation: Virgo
Data: mag see below  size various
Position: RA 12:27~  DEC +12:44~
It doesn't get much better than this. The moon had set shortly after
sunset and the wind had stopped blowing. I was surrounded by a great
bunch of guys from the TAS local chapter and we were all trading
views. I love to dive into the rich swarm of Virgo, Leo Minor, and
Coma Bernices and this view was spectacular! Three of us counted (in a
FOV of my 27mm Panoptic ep) 9 galaxies without having to move the
scope! Some were very faint, but quite visable. I'll repeat the list
of objects here as I'm not quite sure the window above allowed that
many entries: M84, M86, NGC4435, 4406, 4438, 4425, 4388, 4374, and
4387. NGC 4388 and 4438 were two opposing edge-on spirals and NGC 4438
revealed a dark dust lane similar to NGC 891.

I hope you don't mind a group session every once in a while... it
couldn't be helped here.
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