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(IAAC) Obj: M84 and M86 (NGC 4374/4406) - Inst: 8" F/6 Dobsonian



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Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 5/13/1999  21.45 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): M84 and M86 (NGC 4374/4406)
Category: External galaxy.
Class: E1/E3
Constellation: Vir
Data: mag 9  size 5'.4 x 4'.4/7'.4 x 5'.5
Position: RA 12:25  DEC +13:
Description:
At 98X easily found pair of galaxies, but both quite featureless. M86 is larger
but fainter than M84 and also more elongated, with M84 appearing round.
A faint 'star' between the two galaxies might be identified with NGC 4387 but
none of the other nearby faint galaxies were positively seen.
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
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Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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