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Roel
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Whale Galaxy NGC 4631
      #4542448 - 04/25/11 03:45 AM

Yesterday the sky finally became a bit more transparant after a week of sunny but dusty/foggy/hazy skies. I went to my favourite observing site (30 minutes drive) and made a sketch of one of the highlights of spring: the Whale Galaxy and its compagnion NGC 4627.

4631 Was pretty bright through my 12" f/4 dob at 150x. The shape was very typical and a few foreground stars were visible. 4627 Could be seen, although much fainter and smaller than 4631. The orientation was difficult to see. Finally a 6mm Orthoscopic eyepiece (200x) showed the north-south orientation



Full size: http://www.roelblog.nl/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Schets_ngc4631_25april11.jpg


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chrisrnuttall
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Re: Whale Galaxy NGC 4631 new [Re: Roel]
      #4542466 - 04/25/11 04:24 AM

Roel
Lovely sketch, you can really see why it is called the whale galaxy from this drawing.


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JayKSC
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Re: Whale Galaxy NGC 4631 new [Re: Roel]
      #4543656 - 04/25/11 05:36 PM

Great sketch, Roel! NGC 4631 is one of my favorite deep sky targets. I first encountered this fine galaxy many years back with my 6-inch refractor beneath good skies. It presents a wealth of detail if one patiently enjoys the view, plus is a surprisingly large and bright galaxy. It seems an easier galaxy to catch than many of the Messiers. I wasn't able to nab 4627 with my 6-inch aperture, though.

- Jay
South Florida


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JayinUTModerator
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Re: Whale Galaxy NGC 4631 new [Re: JayKSC]
      #4543690 - 04/25/11 05:58 PM

Terrific sketch Roel! You've captured the shape and the brightening around the core wonderfully. I was just thinking the other night as I made a late April and May target list up that IF the weather clears up before I go back to work in a week that I would like to capture NGC 4631 and then NGC 4631 and NGC 4656 The Hockey stick in a widefield sketch as seen here in that image. Again, excellent job.

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IVM
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Re: Whale Galaxy NGC 4631 new [Re: Roel]
      #4543794 - 04/25/11 07:02 PM

What a wonderful view of this galaxy pair you had, Roel. I have not yet looked at the Whale through a large telescope, and you terrific drawing surely whets the appetite!

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niteskystargazer
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Re: Whale Galaxy NGC 4631 new [Re: Roel]
      #4545119 - 04/26/11 10:27 AM

Roel,

Very nice sketch of NGC 4631 .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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Re: Whale Galaxy NGC 4631 new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #4545736 - 04/26/11 03:11 PM

Roel,

Very careful work capturing the eyepiece view so nice.

Frank


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Rutilus
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Re: Whale Galaxy NGC 4631 new [Re: frank5817]
      #4545884 - 04/26/11 04:15 PM

Excellent work.

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CarlosEH
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Re: Whale Galaxy NGC 4631 new [Re: Rutilus]
      #4553135 - 04/30/11 09:40 AM

Roel,

Thank you for sharing this excellent observation of the Whale Galaxy (NGC 4631) in Canes Venatici. You have captured it's appearance very nicely in the eyepiece field.

Carlos


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