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Cosmic Challenge: Markarian's Chain

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#1 PhilH

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Posted 01 May 2021 - 05:51 AM

Aim your telescope anywhere in the large, seemingly empty gap between the stars Denebola [Beta (β) Leonis] and Vindemiatrix [Epsilon (ε) Virginis] and, given sharp eyes and a dark sky, you are bound to see one or more faint splotches of light somewhere in the eyepiece's field of view. You've entered the Coma-Virgo Realm of Galaxies, a collection of upwards

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Posted 01 May 2021 - 12:51 PM

I had a great view of Markarian's Chain years ago at Cherry Springs State Park through a large Dob at relatively low magnification.  There were galaxies aplenty. wink.gif


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Posted 02 May 2021 - 05:34 AM

I will never forget, almost 20 years ago, scanning the galaxy region between Leo and Virgo with a Discover 12.5" Dob (having seen a reference to area in Dickerson's Sky Watch) and was amazed as one galaxy after another wandered through the wide angle eyepiece (a 40mm I believe.)
Now I have my hands on a new-to-me C8 with Hyperstar, and a ZW0 ASI2600MC Pro CMOS cooled camera.  This is going to be my first target with that setup!  I verified the image region and image scale with Stellarium.
What a great time to be an astronomer!  


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Posted 02 May 2021 - 01:28 PM

Had a great view of this from Flagstaff, AZ a few nights ago. More galaxies popped out in that region than I've been able to see before!


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Posted 08 May 2021 - 11:08 AM

Aloha

is this a visual thing or are you asking for sketches and pictures ?

 

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#6 PhilH

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Posted 10 May 2021 - 02:41 AM

Aloha

is this a visual thing or are you asking for sketches and pictures ?

 

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Whatever you feel like posting, if anything, is great.



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Posted 10 May 2021 - 04:39 PM

Saturday night I bagged the three brightest, along with 17 other new-for-me galaxies in Leo and Virgo, using Turn Left at Orion as my guide.   Looking forward to completing Markarian's Chain tonight!


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 09:03 PM

Here is my shot at the chain this year. I took this with my 80mm Astro-tech refractor and a Nikon DSLR. Be sure to click on the picture to see the larger version.

 

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This is by far one of my favorite regions.

 

Clear skies everyone!


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Posted 10 May 2021 - 09:10 PM

That's a fine image of the chain, astrodrew22.


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Posted 11 May 2021 - 03:32 AM

Very nice image, astrodrew22.  Thanks for sharing!


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Posted 11 May 2021 - 04:44 AM

I first came across these in 2018 in Stellarium, listed simply as "The Eyes"; I then I saw them through my C5/750. By 2019 I was on a mission to capture galaxy clusters, and the Virgo cluster was high on my list. I went after it with my Nifty Fifty:

 

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Only after learning a lot of Photoshop Kung Fu for processing galaxies did I stumble across the chain defined (probably after I upgraded Stellarium):

 

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So during the Great Lockdown in 2020, I went after the chain with my 200mm:

 

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I've learned a ton about star processing since then; at some point I should go back and do another pass at processing…

 

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Posted 12 May 2021 - 05:57 PM

Using the Slooh Canary Islands Rasa, I processed about 12 subs with excellent framing through a PixInsight flow. It didn't take many frames to start getting some good detail to show up:

 

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Gear detail is in the link there, but on the f2.2 RASA they use a Celestron Nightscape 8300 Single-Shot-Color camera with a Kodak KAF-8300C chip. That was a pretty clear night, so was happy to have caught a well framed time on the scopes as they point every which way.


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Posted 14 May 2021 - 12:06 AM

I poked around in area of Markarian's Chain last night from a fairly dark site using my 10" f/4.7 Sky-Watcher Collapsible Dob and a 13mm Tele Vue Ethos (93x).


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Posted 14 May 2021 - 03:27 AM

I poked around in area of Markarian's Chain last night from a fairly dark site using my 10" f/4.7 Sky-Watcher Collapsible Dob and a 13mm Tele Vue Ethos (93x).

How many was visible Dave ? 



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Posted 16 May 2021 - 02:27 PM

Hi all,

I photographed this target this Month with 120 mm sw pro Ed at f 7.5

at bortle3-4 sky.this is my result.

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Posted 17 May 2021 - 08:32 PM

Thanks for such a wonderful article. I have had my eyes on these beautiful objects in the chain. It was amazing what 120 BT’s can pick up. While I did not get everything in the chain, I saw at least eight galaxies. I just love this object. For now, Markarian’s Chain is one of the first targets I observe. I will go back and then get a report of what I did see.


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Posted 24 May 2021 - 02:18 AM

It's amazing how a small curved line of galaxies can be so powerful, beautiful, & eloquent. Thank you for the great challenge this month.

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Posted 24 May 2021 - 01:42 PM

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Posted 27 May 2021 - 08:07 PM

I spent a whole night a few years ago with an 11” SCT hopping through this patch of sky.  This year I made a couple of efforts to photograph it.  This was my best effort before the rains came.  I’ll be sure to go back to it next year as well.

 

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Posted 28 May 2021 - 03:48 PM

Here's an image I grabbed last year, unfortunately before I had a system capable of dithering (hence the walking noise)

 

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Posted 29 May 2021 - 07:52 PM

Phil is the world's Super Amateur!

 

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Posted 31 May 2021 - 08:15 AM

"From Dundee , IC 3355 is not observable, since you live so far north that the summer sky is too bright for it to be visible at any time..."

 

So far north!



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Posted 02 June 2021 - 11:51 AM

At my first dark(-ish) sky opportunity, I've jumped into the Realm. M84, M86 and Markarian's chain – though not nearly as obvious as in the beautiful pictures above – were still a beautiful sight in my C6. Thanks Phil!




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