M88 NGC 4501

Object Type Galaxy Sc
Constellation Coma Berenices
Magnitude 9.4
Size 7.0' x 4.0'

M88 is a large and bright spiral galaxy in in Virgo, close to the centre of the huge Virgo cluster of galaxies. Easily visible in an 8" telescope, it appears as a large elliptical patch of light with a bright centre.

Combination of 3, 3 minute exposures, Meade 416XTE CCD.
300mm f/6 newtonian at prime focus.

Combination of 15, 3 minute exposures, SBIG ST9XE CCD camera. 16" f/10 schmidt-cassegrain with f/6.3 focal reducer.