(IAAC) Obj: M 84, M 86 - Inst: 120mm f/8.3 refractor

Observation Poster: Diego González <digonzalz@gmail.com>
Observer: Diego González
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 9/04/2005 23:53 UT
Location of site: Asturias, Spain (Lat 43º N, Elev 300m)
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 7 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 120mm f/8.3 refractor
Magnification: 31x, 50x, 80x, 100x
Filter(s): None
Object(s): M 84, M 86
Category: External galaxy.
Constellation: Vir
Data: mag 9.3 / 9.5  size 1.5' / 2'x1.4'
Position: RA 12:25  DEC +12:53
With this pair of galaxies I start observing the Markarian's Chain, a very 
interesnting group of galaxies in the heart of the Virgo Cluster. The two 
brightest membres are M 84 and M 86, both seen easily with 31x. Best viewed 
with 80x; M 84 is smaller and brighter than its companion, and has a bright 
center. M 86 is more diffuse and slightly elongated. The star field is very 
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