Messier 58 Galaxy, photographed March 2020
Messier 58 Galaxy, photographed March 2020

Messier 58 / NGC 4579

2020 will be a completionist nightmare as I try to get through as many new objects for my Messier Catalog project. Each target only had limited time, and many were under/over exposed. Just like my Markarian Chain galaxies from this past summer, I’ll pick and chose the more interesting ones to revisit next year!

M58 is a barred spiral galaxy, similar to our own Milky Way. The core might be over exposed, but the outer dust lanes are clearly visible. Stacking different exposure lengths would ideally clear this up.

Capture Details

M58 Skyplot from Astrobin

Frames: 20×180″
Integration: 1.0 hours
Avg. Moon age: 26.94 days
Avg. Moon phase: 7.43%

Astrometry.net job: 3339466

RA center: 12h 37′ 44″
DEC center: +11° 48′ 36″
Pixel scale: 0.718 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 120.688 degrees
Field radius: 0.228 degrees

Full capture details of Messier 58 on Astrobin

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