(IAAC) M60 20" Dobsonian

Your skill:intermediate
Date and UT of observation:Jan 7 1998 06.15 UT
Location & latitude:near Ayr South West Scotland lat 55 24'56"
Site classification:bright rural
Limiting magnitude (visual):6 (zenith) 
Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst):3
Moon up (phase?):no
Instrument:20" f4.4 Dobsonian
Magnification:X150, x240
Filters used:None
Category:Elliptical Galaxy
Object data:mag 8.8 size 3.4'
RA/DE: RA 12 44 Dec 11.6 
Description:M60 is fascinating galaxy whose interpretation was somewhat
confused by my thinking I was looking at M59 so demonstrating the perils of
relying on a computer to guide one to the object. 
The galaxy M60 had a stellar nucleus and bright central core. It appeared
somewhat assymetrical extending 1/5-1/6 eyepiece fields (15 mm Plossl) north
and 1//4-1/5 south. The galaxy appeared to extend up to the visible edge of
its compasnion.
With a 9 mm eyepiece more structure was visible as a brighter almost bar
like structure heading SW from nucleus and turning east at the end and
another running NW from nucleus.
The companion galaxy appeared quite featureless.
Nearby there was a very nice small lenticular galaxy with a bright central core.
An excellent object in a wonderful region of the sky.
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Bonnyton House, Ayrshire,Scotland, UK. lat 55 24'56" N long 4 26' 00" W
Altitude 150 m.