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Contains:  12.38, 70 Panopaea, IC 3475, IC3258, IC3280, IC3303, IC3344, IC3349, IC3355, IC3363, IC3382, IC3388, IC3393, IC3443, IC3457, IC3459, IC3475, M 84, M 86, M 87, M84, M86, M87, NGC 4374, NGC 4388, NGC 4402, NGC 4406, NGC 4413, NGC 4425, NGC 4435, NGC 4438, NGC 4459, NGC 4461, NGC 4473, NGC 4477, NGC 4486, NGC4387, NGC4388, NGC4402, NGC4413, NGC4425, NGC4431, NGC4435, NGC4436, NGC4438, NGC4440, NGC4446, NGC4447, NGC4458, NGC4459, NGC4461, NGC4473, NGC4476, NGC4477, NGC4478, NGC4479, NGC4506, The Eyes
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Markarian's Chain and M87's jet, 


            Gabe Shaughnessy
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Markarian's Chain and M87's jet

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses:TMB Optical TMB92SS

Imaging cameras:QSI 683wsg-8

Mounts:Astro-Physics Mach1AP GTO CP4

Guiding telescopes or lenses:TMB Optical TMB92SS

Guiding cameras:Starlight Xpress Ultrastar

Focal reducers:TeleVue TRF-2008 0.8x

Software:PixInsightSeqence Generator Pro

Dates:March 2, 2017

Frames: 72x300" bin 0x0

Integration: 6.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 4.15 days

Avg. Moon phase: 18.27% job: 1481131

RA center: 12h 28' 15"

DEC center: +13° 7' 17"

Pixel scale: 6.592 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 4.800 degrees

Field radius: 1.481 degrees

Resolution: 1280x989

Data source: Backyard


Markarian's Chain is a collection of galaxies in the constellation Virgo that appears to form a curved line. The members include M84, M86, NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435.

Also in this field is M87, a very large elliptical galaxy at the lower left and is some 53 million light years away. It is one of the largest galaxy near the Milky Way and houses a supermassive black hole. From infalling material, this black hole powers a long jet that extends 5 thousand light years and is visible at the 2 o'clock position in the magnified view of version B. The jet is one of the brightest radio sources and was one of the first radio objects discovered. I was surprised to find the jet visible in a modest focal length scope. The TMB92SS with reducer gives about a 400mm focal length.

Among these galaxies are numerous distant galaxies highlighted in the annotated version A.



Gabe Shaughnessy
License: Attribution-NonCommercial Creative Commons


  • Markarian's Chain and M87's jet, 


            Gabe Shaughnessy
  • Markarian's Chain and M87's jet, 


            Gabe Shaughnessy
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    Markarian's Chain and M87's jet, 


            Gabe Shaughnessy

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Markarian's Chain and M87's jet, 


            Gabe Shaughnessy