Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices

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This nice spiral galaxy is a prominent member of the Virgo galaxy cluster.

In the upper left corner of this image is a small but bright galaxy, NGC 4516, magntude 12.5. Below Messier 88, about half way to the edge of the image, is a much dimmer spiral, PGC 169493, magnitude 16.6.

Magnitude 9.6
Apparent Size 6.9' x 3.7'
Distance (light yrs) 55 million
Right Ascension 12:32.0
Declination +14 25
Field of View 35' x 26'

Image details:  Exposure times of 60 minutes luminance and 30 minutes each of red, green and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 12" Meade telescope at f/5.6.

June 2013