Photo by Pittendreigh
HOW TO FIND IT:
If you can identify 16 and 17 Virginis, then M61 is about half way between these two stars.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
M61 appears as a circular nebula, with a brighter elongated center. Around the nucleus, you may be able to see some brighter patches, which give hints to the spiral arms of this galaxy we are viewing face-on.