Markarian’s Chain of Galaxies part of the Virgo Cluster

Markarian's Chain of Galaxies ; M84 (NGC 4374), M86 (NGC 4406), NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435
Markarian’s Chain of Galaxies, with 8 prominent members: M84 (NGC 4374), M86 (NGC 4406), NGC 4477, NGC 4473, NGC 4461, NGC 4458, NGC 4438 and NGC 4435. Taken with 80mm TMB Refractor f/4.8 384mm. Constellation of Virgo. Also know as Virgo Cluster
Telescope / Lens TMB 80mm f/6, Tele Vue 0.8 reducer f/4.8
Mount Type Astro-Physics 1200
Camera SBIG ST10XME , KAF3200
 Filters Astro-Don LRGB Generation 2
 Film  CCD, NABG
 Exposure LRGB of 3 hours 15 minutes (L=2 hours 15 minutes.; color 60 minutes) -20° C
 Processing CCDSoft,  CCDStack & Photoshop CS6
 Date 04/20/2018
 Location  Jupiter Ridge # 4,  (OCA Anza Site)
 Conditions 4321 ′ magnitude 5.8  20.85 SQM

This Group of Galaxies form a smooth curve and is named  after the American Astrophysicist Benjamin Markarian.  He discovered the common motion of  the members  in the 1960’s.   Charles Messier discover M84 (NGC 4374) & M86 (NGC 4406) in 1781, both of which are elliptical or lenticular type galaxies.  M84 at magnitude 10 (60 Mly) and M86 at 8.9 (52 Mly).

The upper left Super Giant Elliptical Galaxy is M87, on of the most massive galaxies of the local group.  It has approximate 12,000 globular clusters compared to our Milky Way’s  150-200.