Sunday, May 21, 2017


Very happy to capture some more Messier objects from Virgo last week when we finally had a bit of good weather.  The following image contains Messier 58 (a.k.a. M58 and NGC 4579) is an intermediate barred spiral galaxy approximately 68 million light-years away from Earth (far right). Messier 59 (a.k.a. M59 or NGC 4621) is an elliptical galaxy approximately 60 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo with a supermassive black-hole in its center (left middle).
Messier 60 (a.k.a. NGC 4649) is an elliptical galaxy approximately 55 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo. It is part of a pair of galaxies known as Arp 116 with NGC 4647.  M60 is the third-brightest giant elliptical galaxy of the Virgo cluster of galaxies (far left).

With the addition of these galaxies, I know only have 31 Messier Objects left...

Wide Field

M58 Crop

M59 Crop

M60 Crop

Location: Happy Frog Observatory, Monroe, CT
Date: 5-15-17
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i(a), Backyard EOS
Telescope: Orion ED80 80mm
f/7.5 Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Barlow: None
Focal Length: 600mm
Focal Reducer: Orion 0.8x Focal Reducer for Refractor Telescopes
Mount: Orion Sirius EQ-G GoTo Telescope Mount
Filter: Astrodon UV/IR
Autoguiding: QHY-5L-II-M attached to an Agena 50mm Guide Scope with Helical Focuser
Exposure: 57 x 90s
ISO: 1600
Temp: 18 C
Post Processing: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop, Lightroom, Gradient Exterminator, Astronomy Tools, StarTools.

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