The galaxy displays a bright, almost stellar nucleus, embedded in the disk of the core. The faint shape of the outer halo is almost too hard to discern in the four inch refractor. Thatâ€™s it, same view as in 2005. Time to move on?
I took a few deep breaths and waited for M94 to reveal its delicate character. With a second look, the core started to show hints of a luminous ring, or at least pieces of a ring. This is the fun part of observing. The eye slowly becomes acquainted with the view of the observed object. The more time you spend at the eyepiece, the more detail you will see. Unnoticed features begin to enhance the overall impression of the remote galaxy. Its amorphous glow transforms slowly into a more detailed image. The halo, neglected at first, becomes a second fainter ring around the nucleus.
After 45 minutes of careful study, my sketch was ready. And I was glad that I revisited good old M94.
If you take your time to study the sketch, you'll see more detail as well.
Site : Bekkevoort, Belgium ( 51Â° N )
Date : April 19, 2009
Time : around 23.00 UT
Scope : Skywatcher 102/500mm achromatic refractor
Eyepiece : Baader Hyperion Zoom at 8mm
Magnification : 63x
Filter : none
Seeing : 3/5
Transp. : 4/5
Sky brightness : 19.96 magnitudes per square arc second near zenith (SQM reading).
Sketch Orientation: N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, based on a raw pencil sketch.