M 88 (NGC 4501) Galaxy in Coma Berenices

Located at: RA 12 hours 32 minutes 00 seconds, Dec +14 degrees 25 minutes 12 seconds

Size: 7.0' x 3.7' Magnitude: 10.4 blue Class: SA(rs)b HII

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 8" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 650 minutes (65 x 10 minute subs), 04/30 & 05/1/2/3/2011; seeing 2.5-4.1 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.24.4110.20701, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

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

Notes:

See here for a 1991 image with Supernova 1999c1 (arrowed), taken with the 14.5" f5 Newtonian, 80 minutes on hypered Kodak Tech Pan 2415 film. See the 14.5" ccd version.

The small galaxy to the NNE (upper left) is NGC 4516 (1.8'x0.8', 12.3v mag, Cl:SB(rs)ab?). The small galaxy to the SSE (lower left) is IC 3478 (1.4'x1.2', 14.2p mag, Cl:SAB0:)

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4501

NGC 4501 = M88 = U07675 = MCG +03-32-059 = CGCG 099-076 = PGC 41517
12 31 59.0 +14 25 10
V = 9.6;  Size 6.9x3.7;  SB = 13.0;  PA = 140d

17.5": very bright, very large, elongated 5:2 NW-SE, brighter core, intense very 
small or stellar nucleus.  A faint double star is embedded at the SE end (mag 
13.5/14.5 at 20").  A brighter double star mag 11/12 at 30" is 5' S of center.  
Located at the NE end of "Markarian's chain" in the core of Virgo cluster.

- by Steve Gottlieb
Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4516
NGC 4516 = UGC 07703 = MCG +03-32-067 = CGCG 099-087 = PGC 41661
12 33 07.6 +14 34 30
V = 12.8;  Size 1.7x1.0;  SB = 13.1;  PA = 0d

17.5": faint, small, very elongated N-S, small well defined core.  Located 18' 
NE of M88.

- by Steve Gottlieb
The NGC / IC Project has no Visual Observation of IC 3478.