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M86, M84 and Virgo Cluster

Imaged on 5/03/08
Scope: Takahashi FSQ 106N
Mount: Losmandy G-11
Camera/Autoguider: SBIG ST-10XME
Exposures: RGB 30 min each; Lum 60 minutes
Site: Palomar Mountain
Temp: 47 degrees, mild wind, average seeing.

These galaxies form part of what is known as Markarian's chain, a group of a dozen or so bright galaxies located 70 million light years away in Virgo. Other galaxies in the view include NGC4438 and HGC4435.