NGC 4214 -- Irregular Galaxy in Canes Venatici
NGC 4214 is only 10 million light years away and thus as galaxies go, reasonably close.
This ‘Starburst Galaxy” is known for the bright pair of massive star-forming areas located
within its elongated core. It is the perfect galaxy to try and tease out detail with a
modest-sized telescope. It will not disappoint if you spend a little time at the eyepiece.
The whole system appears mottled to me and the core distinctly elongated in the 155mm
refractor. I was hoping to be able to split the two star-forming areas at the core. I tried to
convince myself that I was doing so at 182x, but it probably was more wishful thinking than
a visual reality.