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.