|Hickson 62: Galaxy Cluster (Virgo) RA: 12h 53.6m / DEC: -09° 12'.3|
Instrument: 18-inch Obsession
This compact collection is located in southern Virgo, about 5 1/2 degrees southwest of 4.4 magnitude Theta (51) Virginis. 7.2 magnitude HD 112036 lies just beyond the field boundary to the northeast. 9.4 magnitude HD 111960 shares the field and shines just 1'.4 south of NGC 4778, otherwise known as Hickson 62A. This 13.5 (B) magnitude galaxy covers just a 30" diameter area near the center of my drawing, which captures a 199X view in the 18-inch. Hickson 62B, NGC 4776, lies immediately to the west. To my eye, this galaxy appears larger and brighter than its neigher to the east. NGC 4776 covers an 1' diameter area and displays a stellar core. However, the published data indicated this galaxy to be nearly half a magnitude fainter and only 2/3's the size of NGC 4778. Hmmm?
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