|M85: Galaxy (Coma Berenices) RA: 12h 25.4m / DEC: +18° 11'.4|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
M85 is a magnitude 9.1 SO-type galaxy positioned about 4 degrees north-northeast of the T-asterism and 1.2 degrees east-northeast of 4.7 magnitude 11 Comae Berenices. M100 sits 2.5 degrees to the south. My sketch shows M85 as a 5'x3' oval with a stellar nucleus. A 13th magnitude foreground star is superposed 1' north of the nucleus. There is a 10th magnitude star 2' southeast of M85. NGC 4394, a 10.8 magnitude SB-type galaxy, is visible about 7' due east. NGC 4147 is located about 3.5 degrees to the west.
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