Markarian Chain and Virgo Super Cluster (Dark Version)
Galaxies as far as the eye can see...
From Wikipedia: Markarian's Chain is a stretch of galaxies that forms part of the Virgo Cluster. It is called a chain because, when viewed from Earth, the galaxies lie along a smoothly curved line. It was 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. It's located at RA 12h 27m and Dec +13° 10′.
At least seven galaxies in the chain appear to move coherently, although others appear to be superposed by chance
I managed to escape last weekend from the recent incessant rain in Seattle and head out to Eastern Washington, specifically Yakima.
This is my second ever attempt using a 5d mark II camera for astrophotography.
About 3 hours of data, each sub about 10mins each. I would have gone much longer had clouds not come in and ruined the latter part of the night.
Some galactic cirrus (IFN) can also be seen in the original image. I will perhaps post a version when I figure out how to remove all the noise.
10min subs: 19 total. Several others were ruined by high clouds.
Location: Lmuma campground, Yakima Canyon
Camera: unmodded 5d mark II
Autoguided by Orion SSAG
FSQ-106ED at 530mm F5