Messier Objects

M49: Elliptical Galaxy (Virgo) RA: 12h 29.8m / DEC: +08° 00'.0
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M49 is set apart from the Virgo cluster galaxies. This 8.4 magnitude elliptical is sandwiched between a pair of 6th magnitude stars 4.4 degrees south of M87. Omicron (9) Virginis, 4th magnitude, resides about 6 degrees to the west-northwest. At 190X, The 10-inch Starfinder presents M49 as a 3'.6x3' oval aligned roughly northwest-southeast. Its stellar core is embedded within a gradually brightening nebulosity. A 13th magnitude GSC star shines just 1' east of the core. Of the other four field stars in my sketch, the brightest simmers at 12th magnitude 6' southeast of M49. NGC 4470, a 12.4 magnitude spiral galaxy, is just beyond the field of view, 10' to the southwest.

M48 M50


Navigation Image, see text links below Web Links Glossary Sketching Astrophotography Planetary Observing Deep-sky Observing Getting Started About Cosmic Voyage Home

Home | About Cosmic Voyage | Getting Started | Deep-sky Observing | Planetary Observing | Astrophotography | Sketching | Glossary | Web Links


Layout, design & revisions © W. D. Ferris
Comments and Suggestions:

Revised: May 26, 2003 [WDF]