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Contains:  IC 3355, IC3355, M 84, M 86, M84, M86, NGC 4374, NGC 4387, NGC 4402, NGC 4406, NGC 4425, NGC 4435, NGC 4438, NGC4387, NGC4402, NGC4425, NGC4435, NGC4438, The Eyes
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M 86 / M 84  (part of Markarian's Chain), 


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M 86 / M 84 (part of Markarian's Chain)

Technical card

Dates:April 21, 2018

Frames: 120x30"

Integration: 1.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 5.86 days

Avg. Moon phase: 34.10% job: 2025391

RA center: 12h 26' 18"

DEC center: +12° 59' 0"

Pixel scale: 1.676 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 11.718 degrees

Field radius: 0.459 degrees

Resolution: 1569x1189

Locations: Home Observatory, Syke, Niedersachsen, Germany


My first attempt to capture the holy grail of Astrophotography: The Markarian's Chain

A number of circumstances made it very difficult to get a decent image:

a) the weather condition: hazy top atmospheric layer and turbulances
b) my focal length too high, even with the 0,63 reducer: only partial capture of the chain.
c) the most difficulty : no suitable guide star in the surrounding, therefore unguided session
d) because of c) only 30 sec captures, hence not much details of the Galaxies visible

anyway, I tried to make the best out of it.

thanks for watching




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M 86 / M 84  (part of Markarian's Chain),