Messier 59

59 final

Object:   M59 (NGC 4621) Date:               2019 April 11
Type:              Elliptical galaxy
Constellation:           Virgo Time & altitude:          00.40 UT   47º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               3/5
            R.A:                12h 42m Transparency (5 high):                   3/5
            Dec:                11º 39 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1  Dob.
            Magnitude     10.6 Eyepiece       8mm Ethos    x260
            Size (mins)    5 x 3 Filters:            None


The galaxy core and halo is elongated NS in the ratio 2:1. There is a circular nucleus.

At one point the outer part of the halo appeared brighter than regions closer to the centre, giving the appearance of a ring. However I could not repeat this and so I have not included it in the drawing.  There is a faint star just SW of the core. The halo does not quite extend out to this star.