The Great Galactic Face
M84 and M86
galaxies in Virgo

10.1'' reflector  Mallincam DS432cTEC with 0.5x focal reducer and nebular filter
Exposures = 20 sec, Gain = 33/250, Live Stacked frames = 40

The Great Galactic Face is composed of various galaxies that are a part of Markarian's Chain in the Virgo Supercluster. The two "eyes" are M86 (left) and M84 (right), two bright ellipticals at magnitudes 8.9 and 10.5 respectively. M86 is elongated while M84 is more round. The mouth of the GGF is formed by spiral galaxy NGC 4388; a dark lane can be seen cutting above the core. The nose is the smaller elliptical NGC 4387, looking like a fuzzy bloated elongated star in this image.

About 10' above M86 is the spiral galaxy NGC 4402; it looks slightly mottled and a dark lane below the core is visible. Much closer to M86, slightly above and the left of it is PGC 40659, a faint 16th magnitude elliptical companion. In the right "cheek" of the face is a small 10th magnitude spiral galaxy NGC 3303, appearing as a faint fuzzy smudge in this image. Another faint smudge is visible over at the left edge of the picture, NGC 4413 is a 12th magnitude barred spiral.

North at 12 o'clock, East at 9 o'clock.