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NCC4631 and NGC4656

Started by Inge_S, 05/02/2011 09:51PM
Posted 05/02/2011 09:51PM Opening Post
I should perhaps also mention this great pair of galaxies belonging to Canes Venatici but very close to the Coma Berenices border. I observed these galaxies the other night, and I was, indeed, thrilled by the sight of NGC4631 at a magnification of 167x. The galaxy is highly elongated and large and extended across almost the whole field of my Nagler eyepiece. Hints of obscuring dust clouds could be seen, and the small neighbour, NGC4627, also appeared pretty bright and clear.

NGC4656 is visible in the same low power field as 4631. It is much fainter, but still very obvious. In order to see the "hockeystick" appearance I had to use the 167x (9mm) eyepiece.

These are all "must see" objects for the observer of the spring galaxies of the northern hemisphere.
Posted 05/03/2011 03:28AM #1
A few years ago we compared these two in 200mm, 317mm, and 635mm aperture scopes. The details increased with aperture, very dramatic comparison. That was a fun night
Posted 05/06/2011 04:50AM #2
One of the very best galaxy pairs in the sky. Ngc 4631 in particular is magnificent, superior to many of the Messier galaxies.

George Golitzin