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Markarians Chain

The Markarians Chain is a stretch of galaxies located in the cluster virgo. Charles Messier first discovered two of the galaxies in the Year 1781.

Distance to earth: 30’000’000 – 60’000’000 lightyears
Apparent size: combined approx. 90 arcminutes (3 x the moon)

Imaging time: 21 hours

Equipment:
Mount: SW AZEQ6GT
Telescope: SW Evostar 80ED
Camera: Atik 460EX Mono

Capture information:
Date: January – April 2017
Total exposure time: 21 hours
Panels: 2×1
Color combination: LRGB

Image data:
42 x 2 x 600s LUM
14 x 2 x 3 x 300s RGB bin2