Name: Messier 88
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    Description: spiral galaxy
    Ascension: 12 : 32.0
    Declanation: +14 : 25
    Apparent diameter: 7*4 (arc min)
    Constellation: Coma Berenices
    Magnitude: 9.6
    Distance: 60 million light years!
    Equipment: Meade ETX 90+icx424+focred0.66+extra lens
    Date / Time UTC: 27 april2005 22:30
    Stacked : 68 of 210 (incoming clouds)
    Exposure time: 30 seconds
    Location: The Hague, The Netherlands
    Other info:

    This bright member of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies is nicely symmetrical and of multiple-arm type. As its equatorial plane is inclined by about 30 degrees to the line of sight, its appearance resembles a bit that of the Andromeda galaxy M31, and its outline is an elongated ellipse of angular dimension between 7x4 to 8x3 arc minutes, according to different sources, corresponding to a linear diameter of about 130,000 light years. This is one of the more rewarding galaxies in the Virgo cluster for smaller instruments!


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