PhotographerCraig and Tammy Temple
Location of photoHendersonville, TN
Date/Time of photoMarch 29, 2009
EquipmentOrion 80ED (f/7.5) on Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD, guided; Canon 350D (self-modified) with Astronomik IR-block EOS clip filter + 2" Hutech IDAS LPS filter; 60 x 180s @ ISO 1600;
Captured/Calibrated/Registered/Stacked/DDP in ImagesPlus;
Post processed in Photo Shop CS4
DescriptionThis is a grouping of galaxies in Virgo that form a gentle curved shape, hence it's name, Markarian's Chain. It was discovered in the mid 1970's by B. E. Markarian. The grouping forms part of the Virgo Cluster. This image is a total of 3 hours of integration time acquired on March 29, 2009. The temperature was 40° F.