Deep Sky Object in Spring
NGC4725 (Galaxy in Coma Berenices)

Date & Time: Mar 20 2009, from 24:37 to 25:13 JST(+0900)
Composed 4shots with 12 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
with BaaderPlanetarium Moon & Skyglow filter
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 8bit TIFF(3008×2000)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600

NGC4725 / Galaxy, type SAB(r)ab pec II
R.A.12h 50m 26.7s (2000.0)
Dec.+25° 30' 01" (2000.0)
Apparent Size10.8×7.6'
Radial Velocity+1243km/s
Distance42 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesNGC4565 Group
Other IDsUGC7989,MCG4-30-22
NGC4725 is a medium sized galaxy positioned around center of a constellation of Coma Berenices. The galaxy isn't so well known because there are many famous galaxies being distributed around this star-field. But has a diameter of 10 arc minutes and 10th magnitude, it's unexpectedly worth seeing.
NGC4725 is a galaxy classified in so-called the "Bared galaxy"; it consists of bar-structure across the nuclei and a pair of arms surrounding them. The arms of NGC4725 are coiled up fairly tight, it seems that the arms surround the galaxy in circumference.



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