Astrophotography - mk3
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Markarian's Chain - A group of galaxies at the heart of the Virgo Cluster lying about 70 million light years away. There are at least 25 galaxies visible in this image. The Virgo Cluster is the nearest cluster of galaxies to our own grouping of galaxies which contains The Milky Way, Andromeda and many others. The Virgo Cluster contains over 2000 galaxies and interacts gravitationally with our Local Group.

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Date: 5/18/09 - 5/19/09
Field center: RA: 12:28:13.058, DEC: +12 degrees 49' 18.626"
Field size: 2.71 x 1.82 degrees
Camera: Modified Canon 300D DSLR @ 800 ISO
Filter: none
Total time: 1 hours 50 minutes
Lens: 203mm Schmidt Cassegrain
F/stop: 6.1