Friday, February 01, 2019

captured M58 (Halifax)

The Burke-Gaffney Observatory imaged Messier 58 for me. I wanted to revisit this galaxy also known as NGC 4579 in the constellation Virgo. From 4 July '10, I only had one log entry for M58.

galaxy Messier 58 in luminance

Luminance only, 60 seconds subexposures, 10 stacked shots. FITS Liberator, Paint.NET. North is up; east is left.

This is a fantastic barred spiral galaxy. It looks to be face on or nearly so. Love the detail in the grand arms twisting away from the prominent bar. The core is bright but compact. Beautiful.

To the south-east, a good distance away, is the tiny fuzzy oval of LEDA 1397945.

Near the gaggle of stars to the north-east, on the eastern edge, is a very small fuzzy oblong shape. SkyTools 3 Pro says this is LEDA 1400836.


Wikipedia link: Messier 58.

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