M 59 – M60

M 59-M 60

M 60 is an elliptical galaxy in Virgo at a distance of 56 MLY. Together with NGC 4647 (blue round galaxy on edge) form a pair known as Arp 116.

M 59 (left) is an elliptical galaxy in the same field as M 60, with a closer distance of 50 MLY.

As in all images in Virgo there are numerous faint small background galaxies scattered across the field.

F.O.V.   40 x 40 min of arc.

Telescope.   Orion Optics UK AG12.

Camera.   S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposures and Dates.   15 x 600 sec.   June 2019.

Location.   (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.