(IAAC) Obj: NGC 4435/4438 - Inst: 8" F/6 Dobsonian


Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 5/13/1999  22.00 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52.09N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" F/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 4435/4438
Category: External galaxy.
Class: E4/Sap
Constellation: Vir
Data: mag 10.1/10.9  size 3'.0 x 1'.9/9'.3 x 3'.9
Position: RA 12:28  DEC +13:03
Two interacting galaxies near M84/86 and just 4' apart.

NGC 4435 appears fainter and more elongated than NGC 4438 at 98X.

At higher powers NGC 4435 is an elongated galaxy with no real nucleus and
appearing rather faint. NGC 4438 is more compact with a very bright nucleus.
Catalogued with a larger apparent diameter than NGC 4435, NGC 4438 nevertheless
look more round and smaller than its neighbor.

There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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