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#1 Randolph Jay

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 01:57 PM

A member of the Coma I galaxy cluster, NGC 4559 is spiral galaxy around 30 million light years away.  This sketch was difficult to do and demanded very good dark adaptation.  I have brightened the sketch here so that some of the details I saw (or imagined I saw!) can be more easily seen.  It was not this bright in the eyepiece but with good dark adaptation a hint of its spiral shape became apparent as well as its extended shape.  I really thought I caught a central bar that seemed as straight as an arrow but perhaps my mind was connecting bright concentrations.  Perhaps I was channeling Percival Lowell and his Martian canals!  This galaxy has been on my sketching bucket list for a long time and last night's sky conditions were ideal for this one!

Thanks for looking and clear skies,

Randolph

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Edited by Randolph Jay, 07 April 2024 - 06:18 PM.

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Posted 07 April 2024 - 06:16 PM

Randolph,

 

This is a very nice sketch of this Coma B. spiral galaxy. You really dug out some fine detail here. Excellent.

 

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Posted 08 April 2024 - 09:57 AM

Randolf wow Amazing sketch, Great detail on this.

I will definitely have to look at this. Hopefully, I can see it from Mount pinos.

CSS Jon 



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Posted 08 April 2024 - 10:57 AM

Randolph,

 

Very good sketch of NGC 4559 smile.gif .

 

CDS,KLU,

 

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Tom




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