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#1 Randolph Jay

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 06:12 PM

NGC 4088 and 4085 form a very pleasing sight in the same field of view against a dark sky.  NGC 4088 has a complex spiral structure and surprisingly I was definitely able to catch a glimpse of this.  The overall shape was a gentle "S" with subtle mottling.  It's smaller bound companion, another spiral galaxy, NGC 4085, presents as a streak of light providing a nice contrast.  These galaxies are part of a group known as the M 109 group, after Messier 109 and are located around 50 million light years distant.  Done with B and H graphite, blending stumps, sketch paper.  Thanks for looking!

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 07:04 PM

Randolph, Nice sketch



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Posted 30 March 2020 - 08:45 PM

Thanks Bruce!

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 08:53 PM

Hi Randolph,

                         Nice work and narrative.  I have observed ngc 4088 but must have passed up ngc 4085. Going to try to observe ngc 4085 next new moon.  Thanks for sharing. 



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Posted 30 March 2020 - 09:52 PM

Randolph,

 

These are two fine looking galaxy captures in your sketch.

Very nice work.

 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 05:31 AM

It must be nice to have such dark sky that allows you to see some of the spiral structure. Nice sketch, Randolph!

 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:00 AM

Randolph,

 

Very nice sketch of NGC 4088 and NGC 4085 smile.gif ,

 

CS,KLU,

 

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#8 Randolph Jay

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 01:21 PM

Thank you all for taking a look and your kind comment.  Martijn the SQM reading from where the sketch was done is 21.85. 

Regards, stay well...

Randolph


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