M 84 – M 86 – NGC 4438/4435.

M 84 – M 86 – NGC 4438 / 4435.

M 84 (left) M 86 (centre) NGC 4438/4435 (right) are a part of the Markarian Chain of Galaxies in Virgo at a distance of 52 MLY.

M86 is unusual in that this galaxy is moving towards the Milky Way, not receding from it. It appears that M86 is at the far side of the Virgo cluster and moving towards its centre.

NGC 4438 / 4435 ( The Eyes Galaxy) are an interacting pair as indicated by the blue star forming regions of the extended tails of NGC 4438.

                                  Two Frame Mosaic.

F.O.V.   40 x 65 min of arc.

Telescope.   Orion Optics UK AG12.

Camera.   S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date.    (2) 15 x 600 sec.   June 2019.

Location.   (Wiruna) Ilford  N.S.W.