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Contains:  M 84, M 86, M 87, NGC 4374, NGC 4388, NGC 4402, NGC 4406, NGC 4425, NGC 4435, NGC 4438, NGC 4459, NGC 4461, NGC 4473, NGC 4477, NGC 4486, The Eyes
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Markarian's Chain, 


            Mark Eby
Markarian's Chain
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Markarian's Chain

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Technical card

Dates:March 30, 2019

B: 10x120" (gain: 139.00)
G: 10x120" (gain: 139.00)
L: 90x120" (gain: 80.00)
R: 10x120" (gain: 139.00)

Integration: 4.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 24.23 days

Avg. Moon phase: 28.57%

Basic astrometry details job: 2631017

RA center: 12h 27' 15"

DEC center: +13° 5' 38"

Pixel scale: 5.346 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.918 degrees

Field radius: 1.859 degrees

Resolution: 2000x1506

Locations: SDAA Dark Sky Observing Site, Tierra del Sol, CA, United States

Data source: Traveller


Markarian's Chain of Galaxies
Markarian's Chain is a cluster of 8 galaxies that are moving together through space, with the nearest member located about 60 million light-years from Earth. Following the arc from center-right to top-left are M84, M86, NGC4435/NGC4438, NGC4458/NGC4461, NGC4473, and NGC4477. Bright galaxy M87 at the lower-left is not part of this chain. About 50 galaxies can been seen is this image, some quite dim, all part of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies which sports over 2000 members!



Mark Eby
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Markarian's Chain, 


            Mark Eby