Quasar 1226+31.8

Quasar 1226+31.8 is well placed for northern observers, being situated in Coma Berenices, about 4 degrees north of the star gamma. At magnitude 15.9, it is visible in a 14" under reasonably dark skies.

Below is an image of the quasar and several maps to assist observers in locating this very distant object. The first map is a large scale map showing the general area around the quasar. The second chart shows an area of about 4 degrees and includes the quasar and the nearest bright star, gamma comae. This is for use at the finder. The final charts are small-scale maps of the quasar showing ever fainter stars and is for use with the main telescope.

The edge-on galaxy visible to the east of the quasar is the 16.5 magnitude PGC 41051.

3 minutes exposure, Meade 416XTE CCD.
300mm f/6 newtonian telescope at prime focus.

Wide field chart

Medium field chart

Narrow field chart

Narrow field chart