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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 4461, NGC 4473, NGC 4477, NGC 4486, Virgo Galaxy
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Makarians Chain, 


Makarians Chain
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Makarians Chain

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi Epsilon 130D

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool

Mounts: Skywatcher AZ-EQ6

Software: Photoshop  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto, S.L. Pix Insight

Filters: Optolong LRGB SHO(6nm) 31mm

Dates:March 15, 2020

Frames: 273x180"

Integration: 13.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 21.22 days

Avg. Moon phase: 59.84%

Basic astrometry details job: 3480306

RA center: 12h 28' 8"

DEC center: +12° 57' 54"

Pixel scale: 2.739 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 4.881 degrees

Field radius: 1.480 degrees

Resolution: 3104x2347

Data source: Backyard


Reminds me on a big Mantis with its triangular head, sitting on the M87 blossom :-)

The exposures went deep enough to show traces of the tidal streams, to the north of "the Eyes", and to the west of NGC4388, the galaxy at the mandibles of the Mantis. Further, there is a stream of weak light north of M87, connecting it to NGC4461 and 4458, the galaxy pair east of the Eyes. South of the Eyes and NGC4425, there is another weak stream, and on other places in the picture too. It is not clear whether these are traces of IFN from our galaxy, or actually distributed there in the core of the Virgo galaxy cluster. Especially around M87, you see a lot of weak dots that are just the brightest of its estimated 15.000 globular clusters.



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Makarians Chain,