Markarian’s Chain

Markarian's Chain
Markarian’s Chain

Markarian’s Chain superb spring object, this curved line of galaxies is my favorite part of the Virgo Cluster. I sketched 10 of them visible in the 16-inch telescope in small-town suburbia (naked eye limiting magnitude is about 5)

I noticed exactly 10 galaxies from the left:

Ngc 4477
Ngc 4473
Ngc 4458
Ngc 4461
Ngc 4435
Ngc 4438
Ngc 4402
M86
M84
Mgc 4388

Of course, the sketch doesn’t represent the field of view 72 degrees (22mm, eyepiece)- it was just sketched by moving the tube 😉 Power is almost about 82x

Yours Robert

Sketch details:
Object Name: Markarian’s Chain
Object Type: Group of galaxies
Location: Poland, Oborniki
Date: 03-03-2013
Equipment: Newtonian telescope 409/1800 (Capella 41), and 22 mm eyepiece
Object: – Artist: Robert Twarogal (Ignisdei)


6 thoughts on “Markarian’s Chain”

  1. Robert

    This string of galaxies is a fascinating springtime treat. You’ve done a wonderful job capturing its grandeur in your sketch.

  2. A fascinating view. I never have seen this before in such a sketch.

    Greetings,
    Torsten

  3. great sketch! such groups of galaxies always make me realize how small I am and how little we know about what’s going on out there.

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