Spiral Galaxy M98 (NGC 4192), type Sb, in Coma Berenices

RA 12 : 13.8 (h:m); Declination +14 : 54 (deg:m); Distance 60 million light years;
Visual Brightness 10.1 (mag); Apparent Dimension 9.5x3.2 (arc min)

M98 is one of the more difficultly observable Messier galaxies in the Virgo Cluster.
M98 is nearly edge-on and displays a chaotic, diffuse disk, containing some blue regions of newly formed stars, and a huge quantity of occulting dust, which reddens considerably the light of the central small but bright nucleus.

Source and more: SEDS


April 1, 2006 22:37 - 23:06 UT.
Imaged with LX200 10-inch f/10 telescope with 0.33 Focal Reducer operating at f/4.06 [focal length 1015mm], Vesta Pro-SC3a b/w RAW mode, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter.
55 autoguided exposures of 30 seconds.

April 3, 2005 22:01 - 22:14 UT.
Imaged with TAL-2M 6-inch F/8 with Focal Reducer operating at f/4.6 [focal length 690mm], Vesta Pro-SC3a b/w RAW mode, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter
18 unguided exposures of 25 seconds.