Messier Objects

M60: Elliptical Galaxy (Virgo) RA: 12h 43.7m / DEC: +11° 33'.0
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M60 is an 8.8 magnitude elliptical galaxy about 1.4 degrees north of Rho (30) Virginis. It's the last stop on a tour of the Virgo cluster which began with M98 in the T-asterism east of Denebola. If you begin an exploration of the Virgo cluster at Vindamiatrix, 4.6 degrees to the east-southeast, this is your first stop. M60 appears as a 5' oval with a bright core at 82X in my 10-inch Newtonian. M60 shares the same field with two bright NGC galaxies, 4638 and 4660. Both galaxies weigh in at about 11.1 magnitude. They should be visible in a 6-inch aperture under decent skies.

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Virgo Cluster

M59 M61


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