|NGC 4725: Spiral Galaxy (Coma Berenices) RA: 12h 50.4m / DEC: +25° 30'.0|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 4765 is located in central Coma Berenices. You'll find it 3.2 degrees east-southeast of the best edge-on spiral in the sky, NGC 4565. 4.9 magnitude 31 Comae Berenices stands just 2 degrees to the north. With a visual magnitude of 9.4 and a surface brightness of 22.9 magnitude per square arc second, this object ranks right up there with several Messier galaxies. However, neither NGC 4725 nor NGC 4565 are members of that illustrious catalog. One has to wonder if Charles Messier simply missed this corner of the universe. The sketch at left renders the view in my 10-inch Newtonian. NGC 4725 covers a large 9'x4' area and appears elongated northeast-to-southwest. This Sb/SBb-type galaxy features a generally brighter center punctuated by a stellar core. An 11th magnitude GSC marks the southern extent of the galaxy.
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