Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  M 60  ·  NGC 4647  ·  NGC 4649
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M60 and NGC 4647, 



    
        

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M60 and NGC 4647

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M60 and NGC 4647, 



    
        

            KuriousGeorge
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M60 and NGC 4647

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron 8" EdgeHD

Imaging cameras: QSI 660 WSG

Mounts: G-11

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Ultrastar

Focal reducers: Celestron 0.7X

Software: PixInsight 1.8  ·  PHD Guiding 2  ·  Astronomy Tools Actions Set V1.6  ·  Maxim DL6  ·  Neat Image V7  ·  Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

Filters: Astrodon 1.25" L  ·  Astrodon 1.25" R  ·  Astrodon 1.25" B  ·  Astrodon 1.25" G

Accessory: Starizona MicroTouch Autofocuser  ·  Innovations Foresight ONAG SC  ·  Optec FocusLock


Dates:March 24, 2017March 27, 2017March 28, 2017

Frames:
Astrodon 1.25" B: 32x120" (1h 4') -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" G: 59x120" (1h 58') -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" L: 114x120" (3h 48') -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" R: 59x120" (1h 58') -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 8h 48'

Darks: 20

Flats: 80

Flat darks: 80

Bias: 20

Avg. Moon age: 18.33 days

Avg. Moon phase: 5.40%

Mean SQM: 19.75


Astrometry.net job: 1514517

RA center: 12h 43' 39"

DEC center: +11° 33' 10"

Pixel scale: 0.642 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -91.161 degrees

Field radius: 0.243 degrees


Resolution: 2031x1818

Locations: Home, Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

Giant elliptical galaxy M60 and spiral galaxy NGC 4647 are found in a region of space where galaxies tend to gather, on the eastern side of the nearby Virgo Galaxy Cluster. About 54 million light-years distant, bright M60's simpler egg-like shape is created by its randomly swarming older stars, while NGC 4647's young blue stars, gas and dust are organized into winding arms rotating in a flattened disk. Spiral NGC 4647 is estimated to be more distant than M60, some 63 million light-years away. This pair of galaxies may be on the verge of a significant gravitational encounter. M60 is about 120,000 light-years across. The smaller NGC 4647 spans around 90,000 light-years, about the size of our own Milky Way.

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