I was making a list of galaxies that show some nice detail like spiral arms or nice edge-on galaxies with dust lanes for my friend Jon Isaacs to view with his 16" or 22" scope from his high desert house, and thought, why not share it with the deep sky observers on CN.
For the less experienced observers all these objects are best observed from a dark site. Good transparency and seeing will help. Higher power will bring out more details, if sky conditions will allow, so try experimenting with higher power.
My favorite 3 Edge-On Galaxies in a 30' FOV
NGC 4216, 4206, and 4222 which is just across the border in Coma.
NGC 4216 10.3 Mag. 12.9 SB 7.8' x 1.8' Pretty bright and large with a bright core, Look for a dust lane on the eastern edge of the core.
NGC 4206 12.0 Mag. 13.9 SB 6.4' x 1.1' Pretty faint and large, located 20' SW of 4216.
NGC 4222 13.2 Mag 13.4 SB 3.1' x 0.5' Faint fairly large, flat with no central bulge 12' NE of 4216
NGC 4517 10.5 Mag. 13.3 SB 10.2' x 1.7 Beautiful Edge-ON with dust lane on North edge of core. Dust Lane starts at the 14.5 Mag. star located on the NW end of the central core and continues for 2' to the East.
NGC 4536 10.3 Mag. 13.4 SB 7.1' x 3.1' Fairly bright and large with a stellar nucleus and two arms in a flattened S shape. The northern arm starts at the western edge of the core and stretches NW, the southern arm on the eastern edge swings to the SE.
NGC 5364 10.4 Mag. 13.7 SB 6.1' x 4.2' Fairly bright and large, look for two counter clockwise arms with averted vision at 200x to 300x or more.
NGC 4535 9.7 Mag. 13.4 SB 6.9' x 5.4' Beautiful S shaped spiral with a fairly small but bright core with a stellar nucleus engulfed in a diffuse halo with several faint superimposed foreground stars. With averted vision the northern arm starts on the east side and wraps tightly to the north, then hooks westward and dims as it heads south. The southern arm begins on the SW edge, drops south, and quickly swings eastward and hooks to the north as it begins to fade. A glorious site to behold!!
NGC 5247 9.9 Mag. 13.2 SB 5.4' x 4.9' Pretty bright and large, almost round, very small but bright core. The northern arm hooks sharply to the north from the southern end of the core then fades as it turns east. The southern arm begins at the northern edge of the core and hooks sharply to the south and extends to the west and fades as it turns north.
NGC 5746 10.5 Mag. 12.5 SB 6.9' x 1.2' Nice Edge-On, Bright and large, a Dust Lane cuts through the core east of center, Very nice! Looks like a mini version of the Sombrero Galaxy.
This beautiful Barred Spiral is actually in Serpens Caput
NGC 5921 10.7 Mag. 13.7 SB 4.8' x 4.0' Fairly bright and large with a bright core and a stellar nucleus, look for the. lower contrast bar. The northern arm is brighter and curves west, the southern arm curves east, very nice at 280x or more!