|NGC 4596 & NGC 4608: Galaxy Pair (Virgo) RA: 12h 40.6m / DEC: +10° 10'.4|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
Downtown Virgo has more galaxies per square degree than Stevens Point, Wisconsin, has taverns per capita. In case you hadn't guessed, that's a lot of galaxies. This pair is conveniently positioned in the immediate vicinity of 4.9 magnitude Rho (30) Virgini, the bright star near the eastern edge of the field in my sketch. Both are barred spirals although you'd never know it by the view in my 10-inch. NGC 4596 is the brighter of the two galaxies at 10.5 magnitude. Viewed at moderate power in my 10-inch Newtonian, NGC 4596 covers a 2'x1' area. Just 19' to the east, NGC 4608 glows at a respectible magnitude 11.0. This stellar metropolis covers a 120"x30" area in the 10-inch. The impressive Messier galaxy, M60, is located 1.6 degrees to the northeast.
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