Blade and Pearl Galaxy (NGC 5746) in Virgo

NGC 5746 is a massive edge-on sys­tem that belongs to the Virgo-Libra Cloud of Galax­ies. It has a whop­ping lin­ear dia­met­er of 162’000 light-years at a dis­tance of 96 mil­lion ly. It is an inter­me­di­ate-type spir­al with a very small, bright nuc­le­us in a mod­er­ately small, though bright, pea­nut-shaped bulge.

The galaxy in the upper right corner is NGC 5740 shin­ing at 11.8 mag with an appar­ent dia­met­er of 2.8′ x 1.5′.

[descrip­tion from O’Meara]


RCOS 20″ f/8.5
Para­mount ME
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 620:220:200:200 min.
Sierra Remote, California
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Blade and Pearl Galaxy (NGC 5746) in Virgo

NGC 5714 Galaxy Sky Chart Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

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Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.