|NGC 4596: Spiral Galaxy (Virgo) RA: 12h 39.9m / DEC: +10° 10'.6|
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. NGC 4596 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. It's a barred spiral, although you'd never know it by the view in my telescope. NGC 4596 weighs in 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. You'll find another Herschel 400 galaxy, NGC 4660, is located 1.6 degrees to the northeast in the shadow of the impressive Messier galaxy, M60.
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