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Observer’s Challenge: Galaxy M98 in Virgo – May 2017 – Report #99

May 24, 2017

MAY 2017 OBSERVERS CHALLENGE – M-098-1

In a 10-inch reflector, M98 appears fairly bright, elongated, a bright nucleus, with unevenness in the halo, with some mottling noted in the central region. Two brighter sections can be seen in both the NW and SE arms.  The nucleus is off-set toward the SE.  

With a 102 mm refractor, and observing from my moderately light polluted backyard this galaxy appears very faint, elongated and weak without any center brightness. In a 6-inch reflector, the galaxy is slightly enlarged and overall a bit brighter when compared to the refractor.  Roger Ivester 

 Pencil sketch with the colors Inverted: 

Rogers M-098 Inverted