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Galaxy
Leo Triplet
Messier 65, Messier 66 and NGC 3628 Galaxies


Object : M65, M66 and NGC 3628, part of Leo Triplet
Coordinates/Direction : RA: 11h17m, DEC: +13o25'
Object size : 28.8' x 26.9'
Object magnitude : 9.4 to 10.3
More to know : Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/ Leo Triplet

Leo Triplet 2020-03-20

Leo Triplet, M65, M66 and NGC 3228l Galaxies, 2020
Date : 2020-03-20
Time (UT) : 22:08 to 22:20
Mount : Skywatcher EQ6 Pro controlled by EQMOD and APT
Guide : PHD2 in dithering mode and guide telescope 400 mm f/6.3 QHY5
Lens/telescope : TS130, 910mm f/7
Corrector/Barlow : Field flattener 3" x1
Field (FOV) : 2.25x1.5 degree, before cropping
Filter : none
camera : Canon 6D, controlled by APT
Film/CCD : Raw
Exp. time : 8x60 seconds, iso1600
Image process tool : AstroImageJ, Fitswork, Irfanview
Processing : resize, level, cal dark&bias, synthetic flat cal
Weather : clear
Site : Sweden, Stockholm, Hagsätra. Bortle class 9
Comment : This is in the Southern direction, I have a very narrow view from here. But this time I could catch the Leo Triplet. It consist of the three galaxies M65, M66 and NGC 3628. If I had prepared it better I could had much longer exposure, now I got only 8 minutes.

Leo Triplet, zoom in, 2020-03-20

Leo Triplet, M65, M66 and NGC 3228l Galaxies, 2020
Date : 2020-03-20
Comment : A zoom in on the Leo Triplet, left bottom, M96 and M95 to the right. Next time I shall be prepared and take much better photo of this beautiful group of galaxies.
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