The Details
Object
M66 in Leo
Optics
Meade 16"LX200 at f/6.3
Platform
Meade LX 200 Mount
Camera
SBIG ST-8XE and AO-7 Adaptive Optics Unit
Filters
SBIG LRGB filter set
Date
07 April 2003
Location
Mount Wilson Observatory, Mount Wilson CA
Exposure
L 22 x 300 sec 1x1 bin; RG 4 x 300 sec, B 4 x 480 sec 2x2 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, CCDSharp, Photoshop
Orientation
Field of View: 14’53" x 09'50" centered on RA 11h20m29s
DEC 12 °57’52”. North angle 87.23 °; east 90° CW from north
Notes
Discovered by P. Mechain in 1780, this galaxy is estimated to be 35 million light years from earth. It is part of an oft-imaged galaxy grouping called the Leo Trio, consisting of M65, M66 and NGC 3628.

This image was the result of a collaborative effort between Dave Jurasevich and David Held.

 

 

 

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