M 87 (NGC 4486, Arp 152) Galaxy in Virgo

Located at: RA 12 hours 30 minutes 50 seconds, Dec +12 degrees 23 minutes 24 seconds

Size: 7.4' x 6.0' Magnitude: 9.6 blue Class: E+0-1 pec

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 540 minutes  (54 x 10 minute subs), 05/26/27/28/2014; seeing 1.9-3.9 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.77.5159.19820, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: M 87 is one of the largest galaxies known, and is the nearest example of a galaxy with a super massive black hole at its center. See 200% crop processed to show the jet of material being ejected by the black hole.

The three small galaxies in a line below M 87 are (west to east) NGC 4476 (1.7'x1.1', 13.0b mag, Cl:SA(r)0-:), NGC 4478 (1.9'x1.6', 12.4b mag, Cl:E2) and NGC 4486A (=UGC 7658, 1.1'x0.8', 13.5 mag, Cl:E2).

See the 8" version.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4486
NGC 4486 = M87 = U07654 = MCG +02-32-105 = CGCG 070-139 = Virgo A = 3C 274 = Arp 
152 = PGC 41361
12 30 49.7 +12 23 28
V = 8.6;  Size 7.2x6.8;  SB = 13.0

17.5": very bright, fairly large, gradually increases to a very bright core, no 
sharp nucleus.  A very compact galaxy N4486A = U07658 lies 7' S.

13": very bright, intense core, fairly smooth halo.

- by Steve Gottlieb
Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4476
NGC 4476 = UGC 07637 = MCG +02-32-096 = PGC 41255
12 29 59.1 +12 20 55
V = 12.2;  Size 1.7x1.2;  SB = 12.8;  PA = 25d

17.5": fairly faint, small, elongated SSW-NNE, small brighter core.  Forms a 
pair with N4478 4.7' ESE.  Located 12' W of M87 in the Virgo cluster.

13": faint, elongated, weak concentration.

- by Steve Gottlieb
Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4478
NGC 4478 = UGC 07645 = MCG +02-32-099 = PGC 41297
12 30 17.4 +12 19 43
V = 11.4;  Size 1.9x1.6;  SB = 12.7;  PA = 140d

17.5": fairly bright, fairly small, slightly elongated NW-SE, brighter core.  
Forms a pair with N4476 4.7' WNW.  Located 9' WSW of M87.

13": fairly bright, slightly elongated NW-SE, weak concentration.

- by Steve Gottlieb
The NGC / IC Project does not recognize UGC 7658 as "NGC 4486A".