M59 and M60 in Virgo


Scope: Megrez II f/4.1; Location: Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA;  12 Mar. 2005; Camera: ToUcam SC3

Exposure: 16 x 60 sec Luminance exposures with IR Block Filter; 12 x 48 sec RGB 

Processing: Images were captured in K3CCDTools 2. Aligned/stacked in Registax 3 and saved as FITS. Luminance and Color channels were scaled and rough color balanced in IRIS. Channels were co-registered in IRIS. LRGB Channels were resized to 800x600 prior to LRGB combine.  Luminance and Color FITS were combined in Photoshop with Luminance Layering. Color balancing and final touches in Photoshop. SGBNR  (PixInsight LE) was used to smooth background noise on the luminance channel and the final result. Final size  approximately 800x600.

This image was a guided image. North is up in this image. This image was taken at a dark site, but the seeing was average. This image shows the well known M59 and M60 galaxies. M60 is the brighter of the pair (smaller is NGC4647) in the upper left. M59 is the galaxy in the upper right. These galaxies are in the Elliptical class and as such they have indistinct oblong structure. There are 12 galaxies in this image; 9 are noticeably visible. They are (from lower left to upper right) NGC4660, IC3698, IC3694, NGC4637, NGC4667, M60, NGC4647, M59, IC809 . Horizontal FOV is about 50'.  

Image center coordinates are Equatorial 2000: RA: 12h 43m 03s Dec: +1127'10"


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