|NGC 4535: Galaxy (Virgo) RA: 12h 34.3m / DEC: +08° 11'.9|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 4535 is a 9.9 magnitude SBc-type galaxy. These designations indicate a spiral (S) with a bar feature (B) through the core and loose spiral structure (c). My 10-inch Starfinder at 129X shows a subtle nebulosity about 6'x5' in area. This is reflective of the loose spiral structure as is the lack of any obvious stellaring at the core. A pair of mid-tenth magnitude stars, separated by just 1'.5, shine about 10' south of the galaxy. Another 20 stars dot the field. NGC 4526 is located just beyond the field of view to the south.
|Instrument: 18-inch Obsession|
In the 18-inch Obsession at 199X, the core appears obviously brighter and two looping arms emerge with careful attention. The inverted view gives these arms a classic "s" form. The nebulous patch outside the northern arm is actually part of the southern spiral arm, which curls all the way around to NGC 4535's other side. A handfull of foreground stars, 12th to 15th magnitude, are sprinkled across the face of this galaxy.
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