Markarian's Chain

Posted by azstarman01
on Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Here is a picture of a Galaxy Cluster known as Markarian's Chain. This is not the entire cluster, but includes a section centered around M86 (The large galaxy in the center of the picture).  Markarian's Chain is part of the Virgo cluster of galaxies in the constellation of Virgo. It is named after Armenian astrophysicist, B. E. Markarian, who discovered their common motion in the early 1960s. The galaxies in this picture include M86  (in the center), then counter clockwise from the left side of the image are NGC4438, NGC4435, NGC4402, M84, NGC4387, NFC4388, NGC 4413, and NGC4425.

May 21 and 25, 2011

Location: Rancho Hidalgo, NM

Telescope: TEC-140 (F7)

Camera: SBIG ST-8300M

Mount: AP900 FTO

Luminance: 12x10 minutes

Red: 6x10 minutes

Green: 6x10 minutes

Blue: 6x10 minutes



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