Markarian's Chain

Markarian's Chain

Markarian's Chain

Markarian's Chain is a group of Elliptical and Spiral galaxies that is part of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. They are all near the same distance from Earth, approximately 40 million light years, and share a common
proper motion. The group is anchored by the two giant Elliptical galaxies, M-84 and M-86, shown at the
southeastern (lower left) part of this image.
This image, taken on the evening of May 17, 2018, is a 1 hour integration of 6 minute exposures through the Celestron C-11 at f/2 using the HyperStar III imaging system and the ZWO ASI 071 MC color CMOS camera, operating at -5 degrees below ambient temperature and binned 1 X 1. Guided, captured and combined using Maxim DL 5 Pro. Post processed using PhotoShop CS2, Gradient XTerminator, StarShrink, Carboni's Astro Tools and NoiseWare.