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Messier 86

Object : IM86
Coordinates/Direction : RA: 12h26m, DEC: +12o56'
Object size : 8.9' x 5.8'
Object magnitude : 8.9
More to know : Wikipedia: wiki/ Messier 86

M86 and its surrounding galaxies 2023-04-16

M86 Galaxy, 2023 (Click on image and get one in full resolution in a new window)
Date : 2023-04-16
Time (UT) : 20:21 to 22:38
Mount : Skywatcher HEQ5, HEQ5 mount project
Guide system: Astroberry, in dithering mode, Guide telescope 200 mm f/3.5, camera QHY5
Lens/telescope : Pentax 645 300 mm ED f/4.0, Pentax 645 300 mm project
Field : 6.9 x 4.6 degrees (at full frame)
Filter : none
Camera : Canon EOS 6D, camera temperature 9 degree Celsius
Control system : Raspberry / Astroberry, with GPS
Exp. time : 57x120 seconds at ISO1600, with every 3rd dithered
Image process tool : Siril, Gimp, Irfanview
Processing :  cal dark, flat
Weather : clear sky, no Moon, temperature 0 degrees Celsius
Site : Sweden, Stockholm, Björnö Nature reservation. Bortle class 4
Comment : One part of the sky that I don't have a free view to from balcony at home is where the galaxy M86 is. Out at the nature reservation I have a free view all over the sky. The galaxy itself it's not big or very special, but it surroundings is full of galaxies. Perfect for my wide angle setup. Click on the image above to see all these galaxies, how many can you count? Here is the same image but plate solved with M86 plate solved.

My friend David told me that it's the Markarian's Chain in center of the photo: Markarian's Chanin Wikipedia. That is a part of the nearby Virgo Cluster.

Crop around M86, 2023-04-16

M86 Galaxy, 2023
Date : 2023-04-16
Field (FOV) : Cropped to 1x1 degree
Comment : Even when the image is cropped around the M86 galaxy a lot of other galaxies can be seen. This night was like a little bit of shock to me, everything worked. Polar align, plate solving, sequencing, meridian flip, calibration, you name it !
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