Herschel 400 Objects

NGC 4151: Spiral Galaxy (Canes Venatici) RA: 12h 10.6m / DEC: +39° 24'.4
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

NGC 4151 hangs in far eastern Canes Venatici, just across the border from Ursa Major. The galaxy is shown along with NGC 4156 in the sketch at left, which captures a 129X view in my 10-inch Meade Newtonian. NGC 4151 is the larger and brighter of the two. This 10.8 magnitude spiral boasts a large 6'.5x5'.0 profile, according to RC3. My drawing records the inner 3'x2' complete with a stellar core. An 11th magnitude GSC star shines 2'.3 to the north. 8.2 magnitude HD 105663 can be seen about 8' to the west. NGC 4156 is the delicate 30"x20" glow about 5' northeast of NGC 4151. NGC 4156 has a faint 13.2 integrated visual magnitude. However, its 22.1 magnitude per square arc second surface brightness is only moderately faint. No hint of this galaxy's barred-spiral structure is visible.

NGC 4150 NGC 4179


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