Makarian's Chain Galaxy Cluster- 5/5/2010
Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14 GPS @ F/2 HyperStar
Mount: Meade
Camera: QHY8
Filters: Astronomik LPS
Exposure: 1
50 X 30 Sec = 75 Minutes
Time: 10:25 PM - 12:11AM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
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The Virgo Cluster with its some 2000 member galaxies
dominates our intergalactic neighborhood at a distance of 60
million light years;

Thi
s image shows the central portion of the Virgo Cluster of
Galaxies, and is dominated by
the two bright ellyptical galaxies
dominating the center are M84 and M86; they are followed to
the left by a pair of distorted galaxies. Starting from these a
chain of galaxies ("Markarian's chain") stretches well to the
upper left side of this image;