M59 = NGC4621 ( 12h 42.0m +1139, 9.8 mag. )

This elliptical galaxy in Virgo cluster was discovered by Kohler in 1779 and Messier observed it on April 15 the same year. It is located 55 million ly away. M59 is visible 24' W of M60 (see Virgo Cluster Map and the detailed chart below).

The above image was taken on March 20, 1999 from Sooke, BC. Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera was used on Celestron Ultima 8 f6.3 telescope autoguided with Cookbook 211 LDC CCD camera on piggybacked 500mm f8 telephoto lens. Eight white integrations (240 sec. each) were processed with AIP4WIN.

North is to the right. Galaxy IC3672 is visible near the right edge.

Map created in Guide 7.0 - 2 x 3. North is up.

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