Markarian's Chain

Markarian Galaxienkette

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Location / Date

Zellerndorf, 24. March 2011

Telescope / Mount / Guiding

10" f4,7 Skywatcher Newtonian, Skywatcher NEQ6, Baader MPCC, Lacerta OAG + Mgen

Camera / Exposure

Canon EOS 1000Da, 90 x 5min ISO 800 (total 7h 30min)


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Markarian's Chain is a stretch of galaxies that forms part of the Virgo Cluster. It is called a chain because, when viewed from Earth, the galaxies lie along a smoothly curved line. It was named after the Armenian astrophysicist, B. E. 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.

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