Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  IC 3355  ·  IC 3386  ·  IC 3388  ·  IC 3393  ·  IC3355  ·  IC3388  ·  IC3393  ·  NGC 4435  ·  NGC 4438  ·  NGC 4458  ·  NGC 4461  ·  NGC4435  ·  NGC4438  ·  NGC4458  ·  NGC4461  ·  The Eyes
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Stare at the Eyes (NGC4438), 


            Jose Carballada
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            Jose Carballada
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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Altair Astro RC250-TT 10" RC Truss Tube  ·  Teleskop Service TS Photoline 107mm f/6.5 Super-Apo

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI183MM-Cool  ·  ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool

Mounts: Skywatcher EQ6R Pro  ·  Mesu 200 Mk2

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron OAG Deluxe  ·  Teleskop Service TSOAG9 Off-Axis Guider

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI290 Mini  ·  ZWO ASI174 Mini

Focal reducers: Riccardi Reducer/Flattener 0.75x  ·  Telescope-Service TS 2" Flattener

Software: Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight  ·  Seqence Generator Pro

Filters: Astrodon R Gen.2 E-series 36mm  ·  Astrodon G Gen.2 E-series 36mm  ·  Astrodon B Gen.2 E-series 36mm  ·  Astrodon L Gen.2 E-series 36mm

Accessory: ZWO EFW  ·  MoonLite NiteCrawler WR30  ·  MoonLite CSL 2.5" Focuser with High Res Stepper Motor

Dates:March 11, 2021March 13, 2021March 14, 2021March 15, 2021

Astrodon B Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 171x120" (5h 42') (gain: 111.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon G Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 179x120" (5h 58') (gain: 111.00) -15C bin 1x1
Astrodon L Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 497x120" (16h 34') (gain: 75.00) -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon R Gen.2 E-series 36mm: 170x120" (5h 40') (gain: 111.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 33h 54'

Avg. Moon age: 7.67 days

Avg. Moon phase: 2.26%

Astrometry.net job: 4452574

RA center: 12h 27' 46"

DEC center: +13° 0' 54"

Pixel scale: 1.007 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 0.373 degrees

Field radius: 0.401 degrees

Resolution: 2310x1704

Locations: AAS Montsec, Àger, Lleida, Spain

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility


Close up to the Markarian's chain centred on the most strange galaxy there, in my opinion of course.

It's the Eyes galaxy (NGC443 and it'is about 52 light years away and shows a highly distorted disk, including long tidal tails due to the gravitational interactions with other galaxies in the cluster and its companion the close NGC4435 (on the top).

Virgo cluster is a large cluster of galaxies, due that fact you could find other three NGC objects, other three IC and more than 30 galaxies from the PGC catalogue only on this frame.

Please check the annotated version here:


It was necessary a long integration time of more than 33 hours to show all this details with my equipement.

Also, on the right down side is noticeable the glow generated by the M86 galaxy that does not appear on the frame.



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    Stare at the Eyes (NGC4438), 


            Jose Carballada
    Stare at the Eyes (NGC4438), 


            Jose Carballada


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Stare at the Eyes (NGC4438), 


            Jose Carballada