Markarian’s Chain

Markarian's Chain by Bob Franke, Chino Valley, AZ, USA.

Bob Franke

Chino Valley, AZ USA

Takahashi FSQ–106ED w/ an SBIG STF–8300 camera using Baader filters.

Exposure Details
Lum 430.0 min. (43 x 10 min.)
Red 161.0 min. (23 x 420 sec.)
Green 193.2 min. (23 x 504 sec.)
Blue 230.0 min. (23 x 600 sec.)

Markarian’s Chain is a stretch of galaxies that forms part of the Virgo Cluster. In this case, the cosmic randomness has given us a beautiful composition. Markarian’s Chain is 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.