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Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Skywatcher Esprit 150ED

Imaging camera: QHY CCD QHY8

Mount: 10 Micron GM1000 HPS

Guiding telescope or lens: Skywatcher Esprit 150ED

Software: PixInsightPHDAdobe Photoshop CS5 CS5Stark Labs Nebulosity 3.1

Accessory: Starlight Xpress Lodestar

Resolution: 2968x1912

Dates: April 5, 2013

Frames: 30x1200"

Integration: 10.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 24.07 days

Avg. Moon phase: 30.12% job: 87031

RA center: 186.754 degrees

DEC center: 12.931 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.498 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 4.452 degrees

Field radius: 0.734 degrees


M84 and M86 mark the start of the fabulous "Markarians Chain" of galaxies in Virgo. In the background can be see numerous distant galaxies. In all I counted over 50 galaxies in this shot, how many can you see?



Tim Jardine

Sky plot

Sky plot


Galaxy Cluster in Virgo, Tim Jardine