|M94: Galaxy (Canes Venatici) RA: 12h 50.9m / DEC: +41° 07'.2|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
M94 is conveniently positioned near the two brightest stars in Canes Venatici. 2.9 magnitude Corcaroli (Alpha) is about 3 degrees to the south-southeast. 4.2 magnitude Beta (8) Canum Venaticorum resides due west about 3 degrees. This Sb-type galaxy has a visual magnitude of 8.2 and a surface brightness of 22.4 magnitudes per square arc second. This is among the brightest of the Messier galaxies and an excellent object for small apertures. M94 appears 9'x7' in size in the 10-inch Starfinder. It features a stellar nucleus surrounded by a bright 3'x2' core. the drop off in brightness from the core to the outer arms is subtle but discernible.
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