NGC 4754 (UGC 8010) and NGC 4762 (UGC 8016) Galaxies in Virgo

Center of field at approximately: RA 12 hours 52 minutes 37 seconds, Dec +11 degrees 16 minutes 34 seconds

Size: 5.4' x 2.9' and 8.8' x 1.7' Magnitude: 11.5 blue and 10.2 visual Class: SB(r)0-: and SB(r)0^? sp

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -15c & -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 520 minutes (52 x 10 minute subs), 06/6/7/8/2015; seeing 2.7-4.3 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.90.5589.16047, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

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

Notes:

This duo in Virgo are a real contrasting pair ... NGC 4754 is a fairly run of the mill SB spiral, but NGC 4762 is an interesting "spindle" type on-edge galaxy. See the 8" version.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4754

NGC 4754 = UGC 08010 = MCG +02-33-030 = CGCG 071-062 = PGC 43656
12 52 17.5 +11 18 50
V = 10.6;  Size 4.6x2.5;  SB = 13.1;  PA = 23d

17.5": bright, fairly small, slightly elongated halo SSW-NNE, 3' diameter.  
Sharply concentrated with a very bright small round core containing a substellar 
nucleus.  Located in the center of a group of six faint mag 14 stars.  A 
brighter mag 11 star lies 3.1' SW of center.  Forms a pretty pair with N4762 11' 
SE.

- by Steve Gottlieb

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 4762

NGC 4762 = UGC 08016 = MCG +02-33-033 = CGCG 071-065 = PGC 43733
12 52 55.9 +11 13 50
V = 10.3;  Size 8.7x1.7;  SB = 13.0;  PA = 32d

17.5": very bright, fairly large, beautiful edge-on 12:1 SW-NE, 6.0'x0.5', small 
intensely bright core, stellar nucleus.  The unusually thin arms taper at the 
ends.  The galaxy appears to have a sharper light cut-off possibly due to a dust 
lane along the W side.  Located almost midway between two 9th magnitude stars 
(SAO 100313 3.9' WSW and a mag 9.5 star 2.8' E).  Forms a pair with N4754 11' 
NW.

- by Steve Gottlieb