Hundreds of Galaxies in Markarian’s Chain

Markarian's Chain of Galaxies
Hundreds of galaxies from the Virgo Cluster are visible, including the very prominant Markarian Chain of Galaxies

Why photograph one galaxy when you can photograph hundreds?

I’m in awe about what is contained in this photo… all within a small patch of the sky stretching from M87 in the top left through The Eyes of Markarian’s chain and all the way to M99, the Virgo Pinwheel.

There’s a few that I’ll revisit with some beefier equipment soon.

Capture Details

This photo was captured with my widefield astrophotography setup, including my William Optics RedCat 51 and ZWO ASI294 MC Pro camera.

Frames: 22×90″
Integration: 0.6 hours
Avg. Moon age: 20.19 days
Avg. Moon phase: 70.22%

Astrometry.net job: 3429536
RA center: 12h 26′ 35″
DEC center: +12° 58′ 1″
Pixel scale: 3.793 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 261.622 degrees
Field radius: 2.546 degrees

Full resolution & capture details available on Astrobin

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