|NGC 4866: Spiral Galaxy (Virgo) RA: 12h 59.5m / DEC: +14° 10'.3|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
NGC 4866 resides in north-central Virgo just across the border from Coma Berenices. My drawing records a 190X view in the 10-inch. NGC 4866 is highly elongated, ranging approximately 4'.5x1' along an east-west axis. A faint star hangs along the northern edge of this pencil-thin 11.2 magnitude spiral galaxy. 7.9 magnitude HD 112961 is outside the field of view, about 23' to the southeast. Of the four stars pictured, the brightest is the 12th magnitude sparkler 6'.5 northeast of the galaxy.
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