NGC 4461 und NGC 4458 (NGC 4435/38, NGC 4473/77)

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On this page I collect my observations of the lenticular galaxy NGC 4461 and the elliptical galaxy NGC 4458 in the constellation Virgo.

 

Introduction

The galaxies NGC 4461 (lenticular) und NGC 4458 (elliptical) in constellation Virgo are members of Markarian's chain and interact with one another. If the galaxies are moved towards the top left of the field of view, you can also see the lenticular galaxies NGC 4438 and NGC 4435 (The Eyes) in the same field of view with the eVscope.

The near-by elliptical galaxy NGC 4473 can only be captured with the eVscope 2 and is a member of a chain of galaxies called Markarian's Chain, which is part of the larger Virgo Cluster of galaxies.

With the Vespera, you can image the entire Markarian's Chain if you create a mosaic; this also includes the galaxies NGC 4473 (elliptical) and NGC 4477 (lenticular).

NGC 4458     

NGC 4461

     NGC 4473
Size: 1.6' x 1.5'   (SkySafari)
Distance: 53 million light years   (SkySafari)
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  Size: 3.6' x 1.2'   (SkySafari)
Distance: 39 million light years   (SkySafari)
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  Size: 4.5' x 2.5'   (Wikipedia DE)
Distance: 98 million light years   (Wikipedia DE)
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NGC 4435      NGC 4438   NGC 4477
Size: 3.0' x 2.1'   (SkySafari)
Distance: 54 million light years (SkySafari)
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  Size: 9.2' x 4.0'   (SkySafari)
Distance: 37 million light years   (SkySafari)
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  Size: 3.7' x 3.3'   (Wikipedia DE)
Distance: 58 million light years   (Wikipedia DE)
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Map

The lenticular galaxy NGC 4461 (the larger one) and the elliptical galaxy NGC 4458 (the smaller one) in the constellation Virgo (yellow dots; Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

Markarian's Chain

Member galaxies of Markarian's Chain, which forms the core of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster, include M 84 (NGC 4374), M 86 (NGC 4406), NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458 (not always assigned to the chain...), NGC 4438, and NGC 4435.

Markarian's Chain includes the galaxies NGC 4477 to M 84 (from left to right, marked with yellow dots). (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

My Own Photos

eVscope

    

NGC 4461/58 - May 30, 2021

 

NGC 4461/58 - May 30, 2021, photo left processed

    

NGC 4435/38 - May 30, 2021; the Eyes at the bottom right; NGC 4461/58 at the top left (1st third)

 

NGC 4435/38 - May 30, 2021, photo left processed

eVscope 2

         

NGC 4461/58 - Apr 17, 2022, "The Eyes" to the right, NGC 4473 at the top left

 

NGC 4461/58 - Apr 17, 2022, photo left processed

 

Evaluation with Nova.astrometry.net

Vespera

    

Markarian's Chain - May 18, 2023, mosaic, original

 

Ditto, processed with DeNoise, large

 

Evaluation with Nova.astrometry.net

 

Evaluation with Nova.astrometry.net, large

 

My Own Observations

Observations May 2021

Observations April 2022

Observations May 2023

 

References

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