Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  M 84  ·  M 86  ·  NGC 4374  ·  NGC 4388  ·  NGC 4402  ·  NGC 4406  ·  NGC 4407  ·  NGC 4425  ·  NGC 4435  ·  NGC 4438  ·  NGC 4461  ·  NGC 4473  ·  NGC 4477
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Markarian's Chain, 



    
        

            Drew Evans
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Markarian's Chain

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Markarian's Chain

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron 8" EdgeHD

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 533 MC PRO

Mounts: Celestron CGX-L

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ZWO 60mm f/4.6 Guidescope

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI290MM Mini (mono)

Software: PixInsight  ·  AstroPixel Processor  ·  Lightroom CC

Filters: Optolong 2" L-Pro

Accessory: QHYCCD Polemaster  ·  ZWO AsiAir Pro  ·  ZWO EAF Electronic Auto Focuser  ·  Starizona Hyperstar v4


Dates:April 10, 2021

Frames: 125x300" (10h 25')

Integration: 10h 25'

Avg. Moon age: 28.06 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.44%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4579515

RA center: 12h 27' 1"

DEC center: +12° 59' 49"

Pixel scale: 1.978 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 164.476 degrees

Field radius: 1.166 degrees


Resolution: 2857x3136

Locations: Home, Flagstaff, Arizona, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

A remarkable chain of galaxies in the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, a cluster of several thousand galaxies 60 million light years away in the direction of the constellation Virgo.

Markarian's Chain is a chain of dozens of galaxies extending from M86 and M84 down to the bottom left of the image.

Zoom in and note the different kinds of galaxies visible in this image. Most are elliptical galaxies (circles to ovals with no definition or arms) and spiral galaxies, with a few "irregular" galaxies. This image contains dozens of galaxies that are identifiable.

If each galaxy has an average of 100 billion stars, the image depicts several trillion stars.

Now, imagine the number of planets (perhaps some hosting life) surrounding those several trillion stars! 🤯

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Markarian's Chain, 



    
        

            Drew Evans