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NGC 4486 (9,654 of 18,816)


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Smoking Gun

NGC 4486, Arp 152, LEDA 41361, MCG+02-32-105, UGC 7654, Virgo Galaxy, Virgo A, Messier 87, Smoking Gun, h 1301, GC 3035

RA: 12h 30m 49.4234s
Dec: +12° 23′ 28.044″

Con: Virgo
Ch: MSA:725, U2:193, SA:14


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Type: galaxy (AGN LINER-type), E

Mag: B=8.7, V=12.86

Size: 8.317′ x 5.754′
PA: 160°

Modern observations

Paul Alsing

82-inch at McDonald - Observing Report

[amastro] posting, Sat Nov 25, 2006

82" telescope, McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, Texas, USA

f/13.7, 35mm Televue Panoptic (5' fov, 812x)

M-87 is just another giant elliptical galaxy, and they all look pretty much the same, no matter what size telescope you use, right? Well, probably true, unless there is a relativistic jet involved. At 812X the jet was very obvious. I didn't know what to expect, but the jet was a razor-thin streak that went from nearly the galaxy's center straight as an arrow out of the galaxy and a little beyond. I was so entranced by the view that I completely forgot to look for the many globular clusters in this galaxy. Bummer. That's another reason to return to this telescope in the future.

Contemporary observations

Richard Ford

2011 March, 26th Saturday

Location:Night Sky,Bonnievale.

Instrument:12-inch Dobsonian Reflector Telescope.

Sky Conditions:Whole Milky Way is visible, the sky is clean, tmosphere stable with little interference.


Galaxy is 7.1'x 2.3'.

Brightness Profile:The central nucleus of this galaxy grows brighter compared to the far outskirts of this galaxy.

This galaxy takes the form of a large circular smudge of light.The galactic nucleus of this galaxy is very bright.Within this elliptical galaxy there is some darker areas seen at 75*.

Tom Bryant

2008-05-04 22:30:00

Observing site: Pinnacles overlook

Telescope: C-8

[12h 30m 48s, 12 24m 0s] A bright elliptical with a small envelope. AKA M 87.

2007-04-20 22:00:00

Observing site: Pinnacles overlook

Telescope: C-8

[12h 30m 48s, 12 24m 0s] A bright spherical blob, brighter towards the middle.

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