A Beehive and a Chain

Here’s couple of wide field images from last night. As my 190MN is away for repair following a mishap in last month’s storms, I used my 460EX with a Canon 200mm f/2.8L lens attached. M44 (aka Praesepe aka the Beehive Cluster) is 18 x 5min exposures, while Markarian’s Chain of galaxies straddling the border between Coma Berenices and Virgo was 16 x 5min. As well as three Messier galaxies I can see at least 19 NGC galaxies in this image, as well as one or two other fainter ones. And this is all with a nice bright moon in the sky along with a touch of light pollution  🙂

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