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Contains:  NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, IC 3393, NGC 4438, The Eyes, NGC 4435, NGC 4425, IC 3355, NGC 4413, M 86, NGC 4406, NGC 4402, NGC 4388, NGC 4387, IC 3303, M 84, NGC 4374
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Markarians Chain, 


            Randal Healey
Markarians Chain

Markarians Chain

Technical card

Resolution: 4622x3281

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

Astrodon BLUE 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 22x600" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon GREEN 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 18x600" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon LUM 36mm - Gen2 E -Series Tru-Balance: 22x180" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon RED 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 23x600" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 11.6 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~50

Bias: ~100

Avg. Moon age: 18.40 days

Avg. Moon phase: 82.46% job: 2660824

RA center: 186.905 degrees

DEC center: 13.160 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.113 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 190.923 degrees

Field radius: 0.876 degrees

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

Data source: Own remote observatory


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.



Randal Healey
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Markarians Chain, 


            Randal Healey