Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  IC 3720  ·  IC 3727  ·  M 59  ·  M 60  ·  NGC 4621  ·  NGC 4637  ·  NGC 4638  ·  NGC 4647  ·  NGC 4649  ·  NGC 4660
Messier 60, Arp 116, 



    
        

            Steven Hanaway
Messier 60, Arp 116
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Messier 60, Arp 116

Messier 60, Arp 116, 



    
        

            Steven Hanaway
Messier 60, Arp 116
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Messier 60, Arp 116

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Skywatcher Pro 100 ED Apo Refractor

Imaging cameras: ZWO Optical ASI294MC Pro

Mounts: iOptron ZEQ25GT

Guiding telescopes or lenses: QHYCCD Mini Guidescope

Guiding cameras: QHY5L-II-M

Focal reducers: Skywatcher .85x Focal Reducer & Corrector for ED100

Software: Startools  ·  Gimp 2.8 Gnu Image Manipulation Program  ·  DeepSkyStacker (DSS) Deepskystacker 3.3.4  ·  Carte Du Ciel  ·  Open PHD PHD 2.6.2  ·  Arduino Serial Monitor  ·  SharpCap Pro 3.0 Sharp cap

Filters: Astronomik L-2 UV-IR Block

Accessory: ZWO Optical ZWO 5x1.25 MiniEFW  ·  Arduino Dust/Flats Panel/Dew Heater


Dates:Jan. 30, 2018

Frames: 32x120" (1h 4')

Integration: 1h 4'

Avg. Moon age: 13.54 days

Avg. Moon phase: 98.31%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1940249

RA center: 12h 43' 39"

DEC center: +11° 33' 18"

Pixel scale: 1.215 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 271.753 degrees

Field radius: 0.842 degrees


Resolution: 1824x1239

Description

Good morning everyone! Today's image is an elliptical galaxy known as Messier 60. Messier 60 can be found in the constellation Virgo about 55 million light years away from Earth. This galaxy seems to have just recently started interacting with what was previously thought to be only a visual companion galaxy, catalgoued as NGC 4647. The two galaxies actually overlap, though not much gravitational interaction and disturbance seems to have occurred between the two galaxies. The two galaxies together are also catalgued as a peculiar galaxy/ galaxy pair, ARP 116. Messier 60 has an active galactic nuclei, and contains a super massive black hole approximately 4.5 billion solar masses, making it one of the largest known super massive black holes. I hope you like today's image, be sure to check back tomorrow for a new one. Clear Skies!

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Messier 60, Arp 116, 



    
        

            Steven Hanaway