Click here for a higher resolution image (1.3 Mb)

 

The Details
Object
The Leo Trio - M65, M66 and NGC3628 (aka Arp 317)
Optics
Astro-Physics 175 EDF refractor at f/8.3 with dedicated field flattener
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB filter set, Gen 2
Date
29 & 30 April 2014
Location
Grandview Campground, White Mountains CA
Exposure
L 6 x 600 sec 1x1 bin; RGB 9 ea x 300 sec 1x1 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS 5
Orientation Field of View: 01°26' x 00°57' centered on RA 11h19m47.5s
DEC +13°15’23” (2000.0). North angle 270.3°; east 90° CCW from north
Notes
This galaxy triplet is a favorite target of astro-imagers. Located in the rump of Leo the Lion between Theta and Iota Leonis, this gravitationally linked grouping lies about 35 million light years from Earth. M 65 is the oblique spiral in the upper right, M 66 the barred spiral in the lower right, and NGC 3628 the distorted edge-on galaxy at lower left.  The faint glow of a tidal tail just below and to the left of NGC 3628 as well as the dim spiral arms seen extending from M 66 hint at the gravitational forces tugging at this famous trio of galaxies.

 

 

 

Home | Image Gallery | Equipment | Observing Sites | About Dave | Links | Contact Me

 

Site and content copyright ©2004 David M. Jurasevich. All rights reserved.
No reproduction of these images are permitted without prior approval of the author.