M 60 and NGC 4647

Messier 60 (also known as NGC 4649) is an elliptical galaxy approximately 55 million light-years away in the constellation Virgo. Approximately 2.5′ away from the center of M 60 appears NGC 4647 ; these two galaxies overlap. Although this overlap suggests that the galaxies are interacting, photographic images of the two galaxies do not reveal any evidence for gravitational interactions.


Technical Details:

Optics: ASA N 12 Astrograph at /6.8
Mount: ASA DDM 85
Camera: SBIG STL-11000M
Filters: Astronomik RGB filter set
Dates/Times: 24 May 2012
Location: Younets
Exposure Details: L = 80 min.; R,G,B = 50 min. each
Subexposures: 10 min.
Acquisition: CCD Soft
Processing: PixInsight, Photoshop CS

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