Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  IC 3303  ·  IC 3355  ·  IC 3393  ·  M 84  ·  M 86  ·  NGC 4374  ·  NGC 4387  ·  NGC 4388  ·  NGC 4402  ·  NGC 4406  ·  NGC 4413  ·  NGC 4425  ·  NGC 4435  ·  NGC 4438  ·  NGC 4458  ·  NGC 4461  ·  NGC 4473  ·  NGC 4477  ·  The Eyes
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Markarians Chain

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Explore Scientific 102mm Triplet APO CF

Imaging cameras: SBIG STF-8300M

Mounts: Celestron CGEM-DX

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope Orion 50mm Guidescope

Guiding cameras: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider

Software: PHD2 Guiding PHD 2.5  ·  PixInsight 1.8 Ripley  ·  PhotoShop CS6  ·  Sequence Generator Pro SGP

Filters: Astrodon HA 36mm - 5nm  ·  Astrodon BLUE 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance  ·  Astrodon RED 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance  ·  Astrodon GREEN 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance  ·  Astrodon Olll 36mm - 3nm

Accessory: Explore Scientific 2" Field Flattener  ·  Home Observatory (Self Designed)  ·  Orion Starshoot Autoguider  ·  MoonLite Crayford 2.5" Moonlight Motor Focuser


Dates:April 20, 2019April 21, 2019April 24, 2019April 25, 2019

Frames:
Astrodon BLUE 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 22x600" (3h 40') -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon GREEN 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 18x600" (3h) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon LUM 36mm - Gen2 E -Series Tru-Balance: 22x180" (1h 6') -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon RED 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 23x600" (3h 50') -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 11h 36'

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 18.40 days

Avg. Moon phase: 82.46%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2660824

RA center: 12h 27' 37"

DEC center: +13° 9' 36"

Pixel scale: 1.113 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 190.923 degrees

Field radius: 0.876 degrees


Resolution: 4622x3281

Locations: Healey "Utahopia" Observatory, Kaysville, Utah, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Description

Markarian's Chain in LRGB

I've imaged the Chain before but wanted to try it with my newer scope. It's definitely a different view.

Markarian's Chain is a stretch of galaxies that forms part of the Virgo Cluster. When viewed from Earth, the galaxies lie along a smoothly curved line. Charles Messier first discovered two of the galaxies, M84 and M86, in 1781. The other galaxies seen in the chain were first mentioned in John Louis Emil Dreyer's New General Catalogue, published in 1888. It was ultimately named after the Armenian astrophysicist, Benjamin Markarian, who discovered their common motion in the early 1960s. Member galaxies include M84 (NGC 4374), M86 (NGC 4406), NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435. Six of the points on the chain can be marked by galaxies. The other two points are pairs of galaxies. I hope you enjoy.

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Markarians Chain, 



    
        

            Randal Healey