Deep Sky Object in Spring
NGC4216 (Galaxy in Virgo)
|Date & Time: ||Feb 21 2009, from 22:31 to 22:56 JST(+0900)
|Composed 4 shots with 8 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: ||Nikon D50 (Remodeled)
|Location: ||Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.
|Camera Settings: ||Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3008×2000)|
NGC4216 is a member galaxy of the Virgo Cluster, positioned almost just on a border between constellations of Virgo and Coma Berenices.
You can find it about 6 degrees and 40 arc minutes ESE from Denebola, beta Leo.
We're overlooking the galaxy from almost edge-on angle; clear central nucleus and dark lane being crossing can be recognized.
The galaxy has an apparent thickness and length of 1.8 and 8 arc minutes respectively.
|NGC4216 / Galaxy, type SAB(s)b: II|
|R.A.||12h 15m 53.1s (2000.0)|
|Dec.||+13° 08' 58" (2000.0)|
|Distance||54.8 million light yrs.|
|Group of Galaxies||Virgo Cluster|
|Other IDs||UGC7284, MCG2-31-72|
The NGC4216 is one of easy-appreciating galaxies in Virgo Cluster in which uncountable galaxies are scattered.
And it's the brightest one in all member galaxies without Messier's number.
You can see other two fine edge-on galaxies in NE and SW of NGC4216.
They have numbers of NGC4222 and NGC4206 respectively; both have brightness about 13 to 14th magnitudes.