|NGC 4395: Spiral Galaxy (Canes Venatici) RA: 12h 25.8m / DEC: +33° 32'.8|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 4395 resides 3.5 degrees southeast of NGC 4214. 5.0 magnitude HD 106760 provides a nice star hop marker, 2 degrees to the west. A 10.1 magnitude spiral, NGC 4395 initially appears as a featureless 8' diameter fuzz patch. Twenty minutes of careful observing reveals an elongated central bright region but no stellar core. This bar is 4' long and oriented west-northwest to east-southeast. The western half is about 30" thick with the eastern half appearing 60" thick. My drawing, made at 189X, records subtle hints of spiral structure. The most prominent arm curves to the south and west from the eastern tip of the central bar. A second arm extends to the north and east from the opposite end. Two bright knots are visible within the disk just north and south of the central bar. Thirty-five field stars complete the sketch.
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