Contains: IC 3720, NGC 4660, M 60, NGC 4649, NGC 4647, NGC 4637, NGC 4638, M 59, NGC 4621, NGC 4607, NGC 4606
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M60, M59 and surroundings

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Resolution: 4799x3167

Astrometry.net job: 1518084

RA center: 190.704 degrees

DEC center: 11.642 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.303 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 171.618 degrees

Field radius: 1.040 degrees

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M60, M59 and surroundings

Here it follows a wide field over a portion of the Virgo cluster which includes Messier 60 and 59.
The data has been collected under dark skies by Mauro Narduzzi with a Vixen R200ss with Wynne Vixen corrector (0.95x) which lower the F ratio to 3.8
The camera used is an OSC CMOS: QHY168c.

OSC RGB: 50x300s

Copyright: R. Colombari / M. Narduzzi
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The Virgo Cluster is a cluster of galaxies whose center is 53.8 ± 0.3 Mly (16.5 ± 0.1 Mpc)[2] away in the constellation Virgo. Comprising approximately 1300 (and possibly up to 2000) member galaxies,[3] the cluster forms the heart of the larger Virgo Supercluster, of which the Local Group is an outlying member. However, the Local Group experiences the mass of the Virgo Supercluster as the Virgocentric flow. It is estimated that the Virgo Cluster's mass is 1.2×1015 M☉ out to 8 degrees of the cluster's center or a radius of about 2.2 Mpc.[4]

Many of the brighter galaxies in this cluster, including the giant elliptical galaxy Messier 87, were discovered in the late 1770s and early 1780s and subsequently included in Charles Messier's catalogue of non-cometary fuzzy objects. Described by Messier as nebulae without stars, their true nature was not recognized until the 1920s.[5]

The cluster subtends a maximum arc of approximately 8 degrees centered in the constellation Virgo. Many of the member galaxies of the cluster are visible with a small telescope. Its brightest member is the elliptical galaxy Messier 49; however its most famous member is the also elliptical galaxy Messier 87, that unlike the former is located in the center of the cluster.

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