Messier 84/86 (M 84/86)

Introduction | Map | My Best Own Photos | Own Observations | References || Appendix: My Own Photos

On this page I collect my observations of the elliptical galaxies M 84 and M 86 in the constellation Virgo.

 

Introduction

The elliptical galaxies M 84 and M 86 in the constellation Virgo are the most prominent galaxies in Markarian's Chain, which is at the core of the Virgo Cluster. Both can be observed together in the eVscope in the same field of view. I also discovered the spiral galaxy NGC 4402, the spiral galaxy NGC 4388, and the elliptical galaxy NGC 4387 on some photos... According to the Stellarium application, M 84 and M 86 also form, together with NGC 4387 and NGC 4388, the "Great Galactic Face" (see NGC 4387).

Note: By accessing NGC 4387, you get the best position for M 84 and M 86 in the same field of view, as well as of the "Great Galactic Face".

M 84      M 86      NGC 4402      NGC 4387

Size: 1.5' (Stoyan)
Distance: 60 million light years (Stoyan)
Rating: * (Stoyan)

 

Size: 2' (Stoyan)
Distance: 60 million light years (Stoyan)
Rating: * (Stoyan)

  Size: 3.5' x 1.0'   (SkySafari)
Distance: 40 million light years   (SkySafari)
Rating: ---
  Size: 1.6' x 0.9'   (SkySafari)
Distance: 58 million light years (SkySafari)
Rating: ---

 

Map

M 84 and M 86 in constellation Virgo (search task) (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

The galaxies M 84 and M 86 (top right) in constellation Virgo (in the Virgo galaxy cluster) (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

The galaxies M 84 and M 86 (right) and the small galaxies NGC 4402 (selected, spiral galaxy) and NGC 4387 (red dot, elliptical galaxy) in constellation Virgo (in the Virgo galaxy cluster) (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

The galaxies M 84 and M 86 and the small galaxies NGC 4387 (selected) and NGC 4388 in constellation Virgo (in the Virgo galaxy cluster) form the "great galactic face" (which obviously is only known to the Stellarium application). (Created with Stellarium)

 

My Best Own Photos

eVscope

M 84 and M 86 (plus NGC 4387, NGC 4388, and NGC 4402)

         

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

         

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021, photo on top processed

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021, photo on top processed

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021, photo on top processed

         

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

         

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021, photo on top processed

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021, photo on top processed

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021, photo on top processed

 

Own Observations

Observations March/April 2020

Observations March 2021

 

References

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Appendix: My Own Photos

eVscope

M 84

         

M 84 - Mar 25, 2020

 

M 84 - Mar 25, 2020, processed

 

M 84 and M 86 (plus NGC 4387 and NGC 4402)

         

M 86 (M 84 to the right) - Mar 24, 2020

 

M 86 (M 84 to the right) - Mar 24, 2020

 

M 86 (M 84 to the right) - Mar 25, 2020

         

M 86 (M 84 to the right) - Mar 24, 2020, photo on top processed

 

M 86 (M 84 to the right) - Mar 24, 2020, photo on top processed

 

M 86 (M 84 to the right, NGC 4402 top left) - Mar 25, 2020, photo on top processed

       
   

M 86 and M 84 (center: NGC 4387; bottom: NGC 4388): The great galactic Face (heavily processed)

   
      

M 86 and M 84 (to the right) - Apr 22, 2020

 

M 86 and M 84 (to the right; NGC 4402 top left) - Apr 22, 2020, processed

 

M 86/M 84 (+ NGC 4387/4402, marked) - Apr 22, 2020, processed

         

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

         

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021, photo on top processed

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021, photo on top processed

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 7, 2021, photo on top processed

         

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021 (NGC 4402 top left, NGC 4388 bottom right)

         

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021, photo on top processed

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021, photo on top processed

 

M 84/86 via NGC 4387 - Mar 8, 2021, photo on top processed