NGC 4244 (UGC 7322) Galaxy in Canes Venatici

Located at: RA 12 hours 17 minutes 30 seconds, +37 degrees 48 minutes 27 seconds

Size: 17.7' x 1.9' Magnitude: 10.3 visual Class: SA(s)cd: sp HII

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, 490 minutes (49 x 10 minute subs), 05/28/29/30/31 & 06/1/2013; seeing 3.0-5.1 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.69.4870.18821, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

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

Notes: I should have started shooting this object when it was rising in the east ... at this declination (+38), I could barley get in 10 sub exposures a night before it 'set' into the tree to my north.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4244
NGC 4244 = UGC 07322 = MCG +06-27-045 = CGCG 187-035 = FGC 1402 = PGC  
39422
12 17 29.4 +37 48 24
V = 10.4;  Size 16.6x1.9;  Surf Br = 14.0;  PA = 48d

18" (6/4/05): beautiful, extremely large ray extends at least 3/4  
across the 20' field, ~15'x1' SW-NE.  Broadly concentrated, but does  
not contain a well-defined core or nucleus, though bulges very  
slightly at the center.  The surface brightness is fairly low and  
only varies gradually over the entire length, but has an grainy  
texture.  A mag 13.5 star is near the NE end.

13.1" (4/12/86): fairly bright, extremely large edge-on about 10:1 SW- NE.  
Extends to 15'-20' diameter (fades at the ends of the  extensions).  
Appears as a narrow ray with only a weakly concentrated  core.

- by Steve Gottlieb