Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  IC 3064  ·  NGC 4206  ·  NGC 4216  ·  NGC 4222

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    NGC 4216, 


    NGC 4216
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    NGC 4216

    Technical card

    Imaging telescopes or lenses: GSO RC12

    Imaging cameras: Atik 4000

    Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX

    Guiding cameras: Lodestar

    Focal reducers: AP CCDT67

    Software: PixInsight

    Filters: Baader Planetarium B 36mm  ·  Baader Planetarium G 36mm  ·  Baader Planetarium R 36mm  ·  Baader Planetarium L 36mm

    Dates:April 11, 2016April 26, 2016April 30, 2016May 1, 2016

    Baader Planetarium B 36mm: 36x450" bin 2x2
    Baader Planetarium G 36mm: 38x450" bin 2x2
    Baader Planetarium L 36mm: 55x900" bin 1x1
    Baader Planetarium R 36mm: 22x450" bin 2x2

    Integration: 25.8 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 17.32 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 46.97%

    Basic astrometry details

    Astrometry.net job: 1061496

    RA center: 12h 15' 54"

    DEC center: +13° 9' 10"

    Pixel scale: 0.956 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: -3.413 degrees

    Field radius: 0.338 degrees

    Resolution: 1800x1800

    Locations: Observatorio remoto Tomas Lopez en AstroCamp, Nerpio, Albacete, Spain

    Data source: Own remote observatory

    Remote source: AstroCamp


    NGC 4216 is a metal-rich intermediate spiral galaxy located not far from the center of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies, roughly 55 million light-years away. It is seen nearly edge-on.

    It is one of the largest and brightest spiral galaxies of the Virgo Cluster, with an absolute magnitude that has been estimated to be -22 (i.e.: brighter than the Andromeda Galaxy), and like most spiral galaxies of this cluster shows a deficiency of neutral hydrogen that's concentrated within the galaxy's optical disk and has a low surface density for a galaxy of its type., something that explains why is considered an anemic galaxy by some authors, also with a low star formation activity for a galaxy of its type. In fact, its disk shows pillar-like structures that may have been caused by interactions with the intracluster medium of Virgo and/or with nearby galaxies.

    In NGC 4216's halo, besides a rich system of globular clusters with a number of them estimated in around 700 (nearly five times more than the Milky Way), two stellar streams that are interpreted as two satellite galaxies being disrupted and absorbed by this galaxy are present.

    NGC 4216 seems to be in a place of the Virgo cluster where dwarf galaxies are being destroyed/accreted at a high rate, with it suffering a largue number of interactions with these type of galaxies


    Sky plot

    Sky plot


    NGC 4216,