Updated: 6.1.05

M98 is an often forgotten galaxy when it comes to imaging, but is a beautiful nearly edge-on galaxy in Coma Berenices that is part of the Virgo Cluster. It is of mag 10,8 and 9.7'x2.7' size. The small and bright galaxy to the lower right is NGC4186 (mag 14.7) and the larger onein the upper right is mag 15.6 UGC7223. A number of mag 17 to 20 galaxies dot the background. This image was taken at Chiefland during the Spring Party.

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Image info:

10" Homemade Newtonian on a Losmandy Titan Mount

Starlight Express

26x4 mins

f/4 with MPCC

Acquired in Astroart and processed in Maxim as an RGB image (no darks and no flats)

guided with an STV on a piggybacked Sky90 refractor