Markarian's Chain

Across the heart of the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies lies a striking string of galaxies known as Markarian's Chain. The chain, pictured above, is highlighted on the upper right with two large but featureless lenticular galaxies, M84 and M86. This Galaxy cluster contains about 2000 Galaxies, at a distance of about 70 million light years. This image was taken on April 26, 2009 and consists of 90 minutes of color exposure and 90 minutes of luminance. The camera used was my SBIG STL11000 attached to a Takahashi FSQ-106 refractor. Click on the image to see it at a larger scale.

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