Friday, February 01, 2019

captured M59 (Halifax)

I ordered the BGO robot to image Messier 59. Another single-view Messier. I first took in this bright elliptical galaxy in Virgo on 4 July 2010.

galaxy Messier 59 in luminance

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

M59 aka NGC 4621 is big and bright with a fantastically bright core. It is oriented north-west, twisted slightly to the west or clockwise in this image.

To the north, and slightly west, a good distance away is a very faint round lint ball. This is LEDA 1398556.

IC 3665 lies to the south-west, a large diffuse fuzzy.

To the north-west is an elongated patch, oriented north-south. I believe this is LEDA 1398085. SkyTools 3 Pro also shows PGC 42679 here but it is opposed, oriented east-west. I don't see another galaxy here.

Nearby, further west, is the bright round diffuse galaxy IC 809.

Due north of 809 is a faint oblong but large fuzzy: PGC 42634.

The glow at the bottom-left corner of the image is NGC 4638...


Wikipedia link: Messier 59.

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