Contains: NGC 4479, NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438, The Eyes, NGC 4435, NGC 4425, NGC 4413, M 86, NGC 4406, NGC 4402, NGC 4388, NGC 4387, M 84, NGC 4374
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Markarian's Chain - Centered on NGC 4435

Technical card

Resolution: 2688x2130

Dates: March 19, 2015

Astrodon Blue G2E: 6x300" -25C bin 2x2
Astrodon Green G2E: 6x300" -25C bin 2x2
Astrodon Luminance G2E: 10x600" -25C bin 1x1
Astrodon Red G2E: 6x420" -25C bin 2x2

Integration: 3.4 hours

Flats: ~30

Bias: ~30

Avg. Moon age: 28.47 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.27%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Mean SQM: 20.84 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.




Sky plot

Sky plot


Markarian's Chain - Centered on NGC 4435, JuergenB