(IAAC) Obj: M85 (NGC 4382) and NGC 4394 - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian


Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 4/13/2001  23.20 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52*N, 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
Object(s): M85 (NGC 4382) and NGC 4394
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Com
Data: mag 9.2, 10,9  size 7'.1 x 5'.2, 3'.9 x 3'.5
Position: RA 12:25  DEC +18:11
M85 is a very bright and large, round galaxy, easily seen at all magnifications.
It has a very bright center with an extended halo, gradually fading away into
the background.

About 8' east of M85 and almost touching the halo of the latter is the spiral
galaxy NGC 4394. It is noticeably fainter and smaller than its giant
neighbor and was only seen well seperated from M85 at 203X

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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