Deep Sky Object in Spring
NGC4088 (Galaxy in Ursa Major)

Date & Time: Mar 29 2003, from 26:46 to 27:03 JST(+0900)
Composed 3 shots with 7 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024×2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600, White Balance...Auto

NGC4088 / Galaxy, type SAB(rs)bc II-III
R.A.12h 05m 35.3s (2000.0)
Dec.+50° 32' 32" (2000.0)
Apparent Size5.7×2.2'
Radial Velocity951km/s
Distance55 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesUrsa Major N Group
Other IDsUGC7081, MCG9-20-89
CGCG269-33, PGC38302
This is a compact but unique-shaped galaxy NGC4088. You can find out the galaxy around the midway of M106 and M109. The galaxy has a long axis of 6 arc minutes, a dimmed elliptic light can be detected through medium-sized telescopes.
This galaxy has been classified in spiral galaxies but it has also some features of bared galaxies. It can be seen that NGC4088 has a pair of S-shaped stretched arms and another pair coiled up tightly.



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