The Leo Triplet (M65, M66, and NGC 3628)

Posted by azstarman01
on Friday, March 9, 2012

Here is a picture of the Leo Triplet, a small group of galaxies about 35 million light years away in the constellation of Leo. All three are spiral galaxies like the Milkyway, but have different appearances because they are seen at different angles. M66 is the face on galaxy in the lower left of the image, NGC 3628 is the edge on galaxy at the top of the image, and M65 is the galaxy at the lower right that is about half way between edge on and face on.

February 21-22, 2012

Location: Rancho Hidalgo, NM

Telescope: TEC-140 (F7)

Camera: SBIG ST-8300M

Mount: AP900 GTO

Luminance: 20x10 minutes

Red: 9x10 minutes

Green: 9x10 minutes

Blue: 9x10 minutes



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