The Details
Object
NGC 3628 in Leo
Optics
12.5" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien at f/9
10" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien at f/6.5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Paramount ME
Camera
SBIG ST-10XME
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB filter set
Date
11 March 2005
Location
Red Cloud Road, Eastern Riverside County CA
Exposure
L 12 x 600 sec 1x1 bin; RGB 3 x 300 sec, 2x2 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop, Neat Image 4.4 Pro+
Orientation
Field of View: 16’11" x 09’00" centered on RA 11h20m17.3s
DEC +13°34’57” (2000.0) North angle 347°; east 90° CW from north
Notes
NGC 3628 is a member of the famous Leo Triplet, which also includes M65 and M66. Having been slightly too faint to fall under the gaze of Charles Messier, this peculiar edge-on spiral galaxy did not reveal itself until the famed English astronomer William Herschel trained his large reflector onto this part of the sky some years after Messier's survey. Lying at a distance of about 35 million light years from earth, this member of the Triplet rewards the observer with a spectacular equatorial dust lane of incredible detail and form. The outer reaches of this galaxy have a contorted or tortured appearance, that being the result of gravitational interaction from its nearby neighbors M 65 and M66. A host of smaller, fainter galaxies are sprinkled throughout the field of view, with two faint satellite galaxies of NGC 3628 located directly below the nucleus in the above image.

This image was the result of a collaborative effort between Dave Jurasevich and David Held , sharing data acquisition and processing tasks.

 

 

 

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