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Contains:  IC 3303, IC3303, M 84, M 86, M84, M86, NGC 4374, NGC 4387, NGC 4406, NGC4387
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M86 and M84, 


            Frank Colosimo
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M86 and M84

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Dates:March 18, 2020

Frames: 80x600" bin 0x0

Integration: 13.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 24.17 days

Avg. Moon phase: 29.14% job: 3367173

RA center: 12h 25' 26"

DEC center: +12° 55' 57"

Pixel scale: 0.440 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -37.053 degrees

Field radius: 0.255 degrees

Resolution: 3326x2504

Locations: Blue Mountain Vista Observatories, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania, United States

Data source: Backyard


Messier 86 (on the lower left) and Messier 84 (mid right) are elliptical galaxies in the constellation of Virgo. The smaller elliptical galaxy at mid bottom is NGC 4387. M86 lies around 52 million light years away and has an apparent magnitude of 9.3. These ellipticals have a large number of globular clusters (M86 has an esimated 3800) in the halo, some of which can be faintly seen in the image.

Date: May 2019, March 2020

Location: Blue Mountain Vista Observatories,New Ringgold PA

Optics: Celestron EdgeHD 1100 on Paramount MX
Camera: Sbig STL-11000 for RGB

Optics: Starizona Hyperion f/8 12.5 inch, FL 2540 mm on Paramount ME
Camera: Apogee U8300 for Lum

Guiding: ST-402 on Innovations Foresight On-Axis Guider and STL-11000 Self guiding

Exposure: LRGB: L:48x10 min R:10x10 min, G:11x10 min, B:11x10 min for a total of 13.3 hrs (80 subs at avg of 600 sec) RGB bin 2

Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.



Frank Colosimo
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

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M86 and M84, 


            Frank Colosimo