|NGC 4244: Edge-on Spiral Galaxy (Canes Venatici) RA: 12h 17.5m / DEC: +37° 48'.5|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
This fine edge-on spiral resides 2 degrees southwest of 5.0 magnitude 6 Canum Venaticorum. NGC 4214 lies just 1.5 degrees to the south. NGC 4244 is a 10.3 magnitude Sc-type galaxy appearing 16'x2' in dimension at 82X in my 10-inch Newtonian. It features a central bulge, is brighter along the eastern half and anchored at that end by a foreground star of 11th magnitude. This is one of the great edge-on galaxies in the spring sky.
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