Object: Galaxies NGC 4459, 4468 & 4474          Constell: COM

RA: 12h 29.5m (-59)     Decl: +14° 03'          Epoch: 2000
Mag:                    Size:                   Type: 

Observer: Jere Kahanpää
Obs. place: Hartola, Finland
Date/Time: 5./6.4.1997, 01.05

Telescope: N 205/1000
Magn: 133x              Filter:
Field: 22'              NE Lim.mag: 6.4m
Background sky: 2       Seeing: 2 
Weather: -8 °C, no Moon.           

Brightness: 2, 3, 5     Alt: 40°
Description: 3 typical galaxies with no details:

The brightest is NGC 4459 (10.3m(v), 3.5'x2.7', SA(r)0?): Next
to a mag. 8 star. Seems to be somewhat asymmetrical: the core is
displaced towards the star. This is probably due to the
brightness of the star and not a property of the galaxy itself.
Size about 2'x2'. 

NGC 4468 (12.7m (v), 1,4'x1,1', SA0-?): Small, round and
moderately concentrated. Very faint, visible only with averted
vision.

NGC 4474 (11.5m (v), 2.4'x1.5', S0p): Visually as bright as -59
due to the smaller sight. 2'x1.3'. PA 80°. Slightly smaller than
-59.