Imaging telescope or lens: Takahashi FSQ-85
Imaging camera: Atik 460 EX Mono
Mount: Synta NEQ6 Pro
Guiding telescope or lens: Takahashi FSQ-85
Guiding camera: Lodestar
Dates: March 19, 2015
Integration: 3.4 hours
Avg. Moon age: 27.89 days
Avg. Moon phase: 3.03%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00
Mean SQM: 20.84
Astrometry.net job: 594905
RA center: 186.923 degrees
DEC center: 13.082 degrees
Pixel scale: 2.082 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 179.899 degrees
Field radius: 0.992 degrees
Locations: My Garden Place, Lilienthal, Niedersachsen, Germany
Markarian's Chain is found almost at the center of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. The most massive galaxy of the Virgo Galaxy cluster, M 87, is located just outside of the frame. The underlying LRGB series of this photograph was taken in a single night. Bright galaxy cores have been processed in Pixinsight with HDR wavelets in order to preserve the details.
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