Messier 86 & The Eyes

Markarian's Chain

M86 is a rather nondescript galaxy located in the constellation of Virgo. The interesting part of this image is the multitude of background galaxies and the close proximity of NGC 4435 and NGC 4438. This pair of galaxies has the nickname of The Eyes. This region is also known as Markarian's Chain.


Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M86, NGC 4435, NGC 4438,
NGC 4402, NGC 4425, NGC 4387
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Virgo
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 60 Million Light Years (M86)
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Elliptical and Spiral Galaxies
Exposure: 12+ Hours RGB, 4 Hours Luminance Position: R.A. 12 hr 25 min , Dec +120 48'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: 12 March 2008 - 16 March 2008
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village