Markarian´s Chain of galaxies: This image shows the famous chain of galaxies in an even wider field of view than in the previous one. The very bright galaxy in the center is M87, also called Virgo A, considerd the center of the huge Virgo Cluster of galaxies, some 50 million light years away.

Object Markarianīs Chain of galaxies
Category Galaxies
Designation M 087
Constellation Virgo
Optics TMB 80 f/6 x 0.8 Tele Vue Reducer/Flattener
Mount Piggyback on LX 200 and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera Hutech modified Canon EOS 30D
Exposure 28 x ISO 800-5min, IDAS LPS filter
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro and LX 200 as Guide Scope. PHD as Guiding Software
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 16,18 March 2007
 
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