NGC 4559 -- Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices
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At 100,000 light years across the galaxy NGC 4559 is approximately the size of
our own Milky Way galaxy.  NGC 4559 has a bright nucleus that makes this an
easy object to see even from suburban skies.  

With the 6-inch refractor the galaxy appeared a bit bottom heavy.  The section
north of the nucleus appeared fainter than its counterpart to the south. Possibly the
location of a couple of foreground stars in front of the southern section of the galaxy
fooled my mind into filling in space that was not there. Besides, it was my last
drawing of the morning and my sleepy mind may have been easily tricked.