Deep Sky Object in Spring
M85 (Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Date & Time: Dec 22 2017, from 27:35 to 28:31 JST(+0900)
Composed 8 shots with 8 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with a conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
with BaaderPlanetarium UV/IR cut filter
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Eqatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Canon EOS 600D (Remodeled)
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(5184×3456)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600

M85 (NGC4382) / Galaxy, type SA(s)0+ pec
R.A.12h 25m 24.6s (2000.0)
Dec.+18° 11' 27" (2000.0)
Apparent Size7.1×5.5'
Radial Velocity+1056km/s
Distance53 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesVirgo Cluster
Other IDsUGC7508, MCG3-32-29
NGC4394 / Galaxy, type (R)SB(r)b
R.A.12h 25m 55.6s (2000.0)
Dec.+18°12' 50" (2000.0)
Apparent Size3.7×3.3'
Radial Velocity+772km/s
Distance53 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesVirgo Cluster
Other IDsUGC 7523, CGCG 99-47
MCG +3-32-35, VCC 857
IRAS 12234+1829, PGC 40614
M85 is a galaxy around the northern edge of the Virgo Cluster in the constellation of Coma Berenices. Though the galaxy shows you a dimmed elliptic light without clear structures, classified as the lenticular galaxy because of the moderate characteristics between the elliptical and spiral. The galaxy has about 7 arc minutes in long axis and 10th magnitude. It might be needed fairly large telescopes to recognize clear appearances of a galaxy. This picture shows you another dimmed bared galaxy of NGC4394 just east of M85 with 11th magnitude.

M84 & M86


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