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Contains:  M 87, NGC 4486, NGC 4479, NGC 4477, NGC 4476, 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, 


            Andrew Barton
Markarian's Chain

Markarian's Chain

Technical card

Resolution: 3520x4656

Dates:Feb. 24, 2019Feb. 25, 2019Feb. 26, 2019

ZWO Blue 36mm: 65x300" -10C bin 1x1
ZWO Green 36mm: 65x300" -10C bin 1x1
ZWO RED 36mm: 65x300" -10C bin 1x1

Integration: 16.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 21.16 days

Avg. Moon phase: 60.28% job: 2556855

RA center: 186.920 degrees

DEC center: 13.040 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.414 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 268.459 degrees

Field radius: 1.146 degrees

Locations: Backyard, Tucson, Arizona, United States

Data source: Backyard


This is one of my favorite galaxy clusters (actually just part of the Virgo Cluster) to image. I shot a version of this early into astrophotography and was really looking forward to giving it another go. I love the fine structure and color you can see in the "Eyes", NGC 4435 and 4438. In this image the large elliptical galaxies even reveal some structure. If you look closely around the "Chain" you will see it is peppered with smaller galaxies.



Andrew Barton
License: Attribution Creative Commons

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Markarian's Chain, 


            Andrew Barton