FINDER CHART VIRGO GALAXY CLUSTER
Last updated: 12 May 2012
Sent: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 12:49:47 From: Erwin Matys (firstname.lastname@example.org) when we searched the internet a while ago, we realized that most maps of the Virgo Cluster are rendered by sky charting software and fail to give a meaningful impression of what to expect in the eyepiece. Our attempt for a better solution is a photographic chart of the area centered on Makarian's Chain. It was captured in April 2012 under the crisp skies of La Palma island using a modified Canon EOS350D with a Zeiss Sonnar 135mm lens on an Astrotrac tracker. The map was generated using the green channel of a stack of 16 x 4min exposures and covers a large area of about 9 x 6 degrees. The limiting magnitude of the finder chart is around 16mag, galaxies down to a visual magnitude of 13mag are labeled. The map (0.6MB PDF) can be downloaded here: http://www.project-nightflight.net/virgo_galaxy_cluster_map.pdf Clear skies and happy galaxy hunting! Erwin Matys Vienna, Austria
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