The Markarian Chain – The heart of the Virgo Cluster – Markarian 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 (The Eyes – Arp 120) and many other PGC & IC Galaxies.

Over 50 Galaxies visible in this wide field of view in the constellation of Virgo.

Canon 6D DSLR & Explore Scientific 100mm FCD APO refractor telescope astro-tech field flattener, 96 minute expose on 03-11-2018.