|M58: Spiral Galaxy (Virgo) RA: 12h 37.7m / DEC: +11° 49'.2|
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder
M58 is one of ten Messier galaxies grouped within a five-degree area in downtown Virgo. It is located 52' south-southeast of M89 and 1 degree west-northwest of M59. Magnitude 2.9 Vindamiatrix, Epsilon Virginis, is 6.0 degrees to the east-southeast. My 10-inch Newtonian presents M58 as a 4'x3' oval with a bright, stellar nucleus. A 7th magnitude star stands sentry 8' to the west. There are no bright NGC/IC objects within a 15' radius.
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