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(IAAC) Obj: M59 and M60 (NGC 4621/4649) - Inst: 8" F/6 Dobsonian



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Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 5/13/1999  23.30 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52.09N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" F/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M59 and M60 (NGC 4621/4649)
Category: External galaxy.
Class: E3/E1
Constellation: Vir
Data: mag 9.8/8.8  size 5'.1 x 3'.4/7'.2 x 6'.2
Position: RA 12:42  DEC +11:35
Description:
M59: Slightly elongated galaxy with a bright core but no further details were
seen.
M60: Looks much like M59 but somewhat brighter and rounder. In between the two
galaxies is the fainter NGC 4638 which appears as an elongated galaxy with a
bright center. Curiously M60's companion NGC 4647, about as bright as NGC
4638, was not seen in my 8".
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
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Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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