Messier Objects

M59: Elliptical Galaxy (Virgo) RA: 12h 42.0m / DEC: +11° 38'.1
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

Depending on where you begin your exploration of the Virgo galaxy cluster, M59 is either one of the last or one of the first stops on the tour. This 9.7 magnitude elliptical galaxy is about 5 degrees west-northwest of 2.9 magnitude Vindamiatrix. If you begin the tour there, M59 is your second stop. M59 is about 4 degrees east-southeast of M84 and M86. Beginning the tour with that pair will make M59 your next to last stop. My drawing of M59 shows a 4'x3' oval with a stellar nucleus. M58 is one degree west-northwest and M60 is 25' to the east.

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Virgo Cluster

M58 M60


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