M61

Observed:  Points: 10

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General Info

TypeSpiral Galaxy
ConstellationVirgo
Right ascension12h21'54.900''
Declination+4°28'24''
Magnitude9.700
Distance60,000,000ly
Size6 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC4303, M61
Discovered 1779 Barnaba Oriani

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M61

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
20 points

This concludes my tour of the Virgo cluster starting at Vindemiatrix and ending somewhere along Leo's tail with M86 and M84. Never before have I seen so many galaxies in such a short amount of time. With confidence, I can say I counted 9 galaxies in total. That's one less than are in the Messier list for this cluster, but to be honest counting them was very difficult. Distinguishing them was even harder. One thing is for sure though: I observed a lot of galaxies.

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