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Catalogue and alternative designations

M94, NGC 4736

Type Spiral Galaxy
Position 12 50 53.1, +41 07 14
Constellation Canes Venatici
Camera and Telescope QSI 583 WSG, 20cm Maksutov Newtonian courtesy Dean Salman
Focal Ratio F4
Exposure Details LRGB 100:100:100:110 with Astrodon series 2 filters
Description A rather strange looking galaxy with a prominent ring structure although recent work has shown that the outer ring is actually part of an actively star forming disk with spiral structure.  The apparent diameter is about 600" and the estimated distance about 16 million light years.  At magnitude 9 it is quite bright visually.