How to find Messier 94

How to Find Messier 94

Messier 94.jpg

Messier 94 is a spiral galaxy located about 16 million light years away in the M94 group. It was discovered by Mechain in March 1781. It is a relatively easy object to see in a small telescope. This galaxy is fascinating as it has two haloes. Each halo is actively producing stars. The inner halo sometimes being referred to as the starburst ring. A beautiful ring of new blue stars becomes visible in astrophotographs of the inner ring.

Image credit: R. Jay GaBany, Spitzer Legacy Program, GALEX Nearby Galaxy Survey

Telescopic Image to Scale:


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

Other Names:

Messier 94


NGC 4736

UGC 7996

PGC 43495


Magnitude = 8.6

Surface brightness = 13.0

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 resides in the Canes Venatici constellation.  It's co-ordinates are: RA 12h 51m 31.40 DEC +41° 02′ 50.1″ if you are using guiding software.

How to find Messier 94

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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