Lenticular (S0) Galaxy M86 (NGC 4406), type S0, in Virgo

RA 12 : 26.2 (h:m); DEC +12 : 57 (deg:m); Distance 60 million light years;
Visual Brightness 8.9 (mag); Apparent Dimension 7.5x5.5 (arc min)

M86 lies well in the heart of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies and forms a most conspicuous group with another giant, M84.
M86 is the galaxy which has the fastest approaching velocity, and thus the highest blue shift, of all Messier galaxies (and thus all Messier objects): It is approaching us at 419 km/sec !

Source and more: SEDS


M84 - M86 - NGC4387 - NGC44026: Galaxy Quartet in Virgo
March 31, 2009 19:54 - 21:35 UT.
Imaging: William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO, f/6.8 [focal length 545 mm] with ATK16IC camera, Astronomik LRGB filters.
Exposures: Lum 2x180 and 12x300s [1x1]; RGB 5x120s [2x2]; all unguided.

March 19, 2007 22:24 - 22:47 UT.
Imaged with LX200 10-inch f/10 telescope with 0.33 Focal Reducer operating at f/4.06 [focal length 1015mm], Vesta Pro-SC3a b/w RAW mode, Baader Infra Red Blocking Filter.
24 unguided exposures of 15 seconds.



March 19, 2007 21:08 - 21:26 UT.
Imaging: William Optics Zenithstar 80 ED II APO, f/6.8 [focal length 545 mm], Astronomik L-Infra Red Blocking Filter; SC3a b/w RAW camera.
24 unguided exposures of 30 seconds.