Monday, April 02, 2018

captured NGC 4494 (Halifax)

BGO also imaged NGC 4494. This is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices. Another one of the RASC Finest NGCs.

galaxy RASC Finest NGC 4494 luminance

Luminance only, 60 seconds subexposures, 10 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, GIMP. North is up; east is left.

A strange little oblong shape shows north of the big galaxy: IC 3449. It's a good distance away, near the top of the image frame. It is north-west of the star HD 109030.

I believe there's something due east of centre but it is not identified in SkyTools. Aladin says it is 2MASX J12314455+2547098, a galaxy.

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Wikipedia link: NGC 4494.

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