M86

Observed:  Points: 10

Available Challenges:

Current Info for Observer

as of 07/16/2019 7:05 p.m.

Please login to view current observation details

General Info

TypeLenticular (S0) Galaxy
ConstellationVirgo
Right ascension12h26'11.900''
Declination+12°57'47''
Magnitude8.900
Distance60,000,000ly
Size7.500 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC4406, M86
Discovered 1781 Charles Messier

Generate a finder chart

The following form will generate a PDF finder chart suitable for printing using to locate objects in the sky with your telescope!

The Date is only really useful for solar system objects, as deep space objects move measurably only on a galactic timescale.

The larger the F.O.V (field of view), the more "zoomed out" the object will appear. It can be helpful to print several charts of the same object with different field of views.

Limiting the magnitude (remember, lower magnitude means brighter!) of stars and objects can make sure your chart is not cluttered with dim objects that you may not be visible to you anyway. The defaults are good, but try experimenting with raising and lowering the values.

M86

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
20 points

After getting to this galaxy (along with M84) sweeping to the West (towards Leo) results in no new galaxies popping into view.

M86

Skyview Pro 120mm EQ
10 points

Took me most of the session to find the Virgo Cluster. My widest lens was a 25mm,still not large enough to see all of the galaxies in this bit of sky. Slight changes in DEC and RA would show more galaxies. They are nothing more than light smudges against the black background that is space. Its quite incredible to see millions of stars,planets,galaxies that are 60 million+ light years away. Light traveled that distance just to be focused in by your telescope and put into your eye.

Other Galaxies seen: M90 M58 M91 M88 M98 M99 Maybe a few others.

Please login to post comments