as of 02/24/2018 9:31 p.m.
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|Size||5.500 arc min|
|Catalog Designations||NGC4579, M58|
|Discovered||1779 Charles Messier|
The following form will generate a PDF finder chart suitable for printing using to locate objects in the sky with your telescope!
The Date is only really useful for solar system objects, as deep space objects move measurably only on a galactic timescale.
The larger the F.O.V (field of view), the more "zoomed out" the object will appear. It can be helpful to print several charts of the same object with different field of views.
Limiting the magnitude (remember, lower magnitude means brighter!) of stars and objects can make sure your chart is not cluttered with dim objects that you may not be visible to you anyway. The defaults are good, but try experimenting with raising and lowering the values.
Took me most of the session to find the Virgo Cluster. My widest lens was a 25mm,still not large enough to see all of the galaxies in this bit of sky. Slight changes in DEC and RA would show more galaxies. They are nothing more than light smudges against the black background that is space. Its quite incredible to see millions of stars,planets,galaxies that are 60 million+ light years away. Light traveled that distance just to be focused in by your telescope and put into your eye.
Other Galaxies seen: M86 M90 M91 M88 M98 M99 Maybe a few others.
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