NGC 4026 (UGC 6985) Galaxy in Ursa Major

Located at: RA 11 hours 59 minutes 25 seconds, Dec +50 degrees 57 minutes 38 seconds

Size: 5.2' x 1.4' Magnitude: 11.7 blue Class: S0 sp

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 8" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

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

Image:

Lumicon Deep Sky filter, 360 minutes (36 x 10 minute subs), 03/21/22/2008; seeing 2.8-4.1 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 1.3.2, Photoshop 7.0

Location:

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

Notes: I shot this S0 galaxy while the moon was nearly full ... was just looking for a high surface brightness object. Turns out I picked up the faint little galaxy next to it called UGC 6956 (2.5'x2.2', mag 14.9b, Cl: SB(s)m).

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4026
NGC 4026 = UGC 06985 = MCG +09-20-052 = CGCG 269-029 = PGC 37760
11 59 25.0 +50 57 42
V = 10.8;  Size 5.2x1.3;  SB = 12.7;  PA = 178d

17.5":bright, large, excellent lens-shape edge-on 5:1 N-S, 4.0'x0.8'.  Sharply 
concentrated with a striking bulging core and non-stellar nucleus.  Extensions 
tapers at ends.  Located 7.2' SSW of mag 9.2 SAO 28211.

- by Steve Gottlieb