How to find Messier 106

How to Find Messier 106

Messier Object 106.jpg

Messier 106 is a spiral galaxy located about 24 million light years away. It was discovered by Mechain in July 1781. Suspected to have a supermassive black hole at its centre. This wonderful galaxy resolves well in a small telescope.

Image credit: NASA

Telescopic Image to Scale:


This image is the size of a full moon for size comparison.

Other Names:

Messier 106


NGC 4258

UGC 7353

PGC 39600


Magnitude = 9.5

Surface brightness = 13.5

Telescope Aperture City Suburbs Rural Dark Sky
4 inches 9 10 11 12.5
5 inches 9.5 10.5 11.5 13
6 inches 10 11 12 13.5
8 inches 10.5 11.5 12.5 14
10 inches 11 12 13 14.5

Use this chart to estimate if you can see the object from your location with your telescope. For more help on using this chart click here.

How to Find It:

This galaxy officially resides in the Canes Venatici constellation.  It's co-ordinates are: RA 12h 19m 38.02 DEC +47° 13′ 50.2″ if you are using guiding software.

You can find this Messier object by using the Ursa Major constellation and it is in the crosshairs on the image below.

How to find Messier 106

To find more space objects have a look at the constellation guide by clicking the link or go back to the list of deep space objects.

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