(IAAC) Obj: M89 (NGC 4552), NGC 4550 and NGC 4551 - Inst: 8" f/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 5/11/2001  22.05 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52*N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: I <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): M89 (NGC 4552), NGC 4550 and NGC 4551
Category: External galaxy.
Class: E0
Constellation: Vir
Data: mag 9.8  size 4'.2 x 4'.2
Position: RA 12:36  DEC +12:33
M89 is a round and rather smallish Messier galaxy with a very bright central
area. Not much details observed otherwise.
Just to the southwest is an interesting pair of galaxies, NGC 4550/51. NGC 4550
is an elongated pretty bright but very small galaxy best seen at 203X. Also
at 203X, NGC 4551 is an extremely difficult object almost touching NGC 4550.
It is a very faint and round galaxy.
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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