|NGC 4654: Spiral Galaxy (Virgo) RA: 12h 44.0m / DEC: +13° 07'.6|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 4654 is located along the border between Virgo and Coma Berenices. The bright Messier galaxy, M90, resides 1.6 degrees due west. My sketch renders an 82X view in the 10-inch equatorial Newtonian. NGC 4654 is offset east of center. This SAB-type galaxy covers a 3'x1.5' area along a northeast-to-southwest axis. 9.6 magnitude PPM 129279 shines as the brightest star in the field about 3'.5 west of NGC 4654. NGC 4639, an 11.5 magnitude Sb-type galaxy, is visible 14' further west. Its 11.5 magnitude glow is elongated northeast-to-southwest across a 3'x1' area.
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