Leo Triplet

Image information:

Date: 03/16/2007
Equipment: SBIG ST2000XM with CFW8a and Astronomik type 2c LRGB filter set through WO ZS105ED telescope on Losmandy GM8 mount. WO ZS105ED working at f5.6 with WO 0.8X reducer/flattener.
Image type: LRGB
Exposure time: L min, R min, G min, B min
Comment: 10X6min Luminance binned 1X1, RG&B 5X4min each binned 2X2.

Object information:

Object designations:

The Leo Triplet consists of M65 (NGC 3623), M66 (NGC 3627) and edge-on spiral NGC 3628.
Object type:
Group of spiral galaxies
Object size:
  • M65 10' X 3.3'
  • M66 8.7' X 4.4'
  • NGC3628 14.8' X 3.6'
Constellation: Leo
Leo Triplet is a nice group of galaxies in the constellation of Leo. The Leo Triplet looks especially beautiful on images. It consists of spiral galaxies M65, M66 and NGC3628, they make the core of M66 group of galaxies. Members of M66 group are gravitationally bound together and result of their mutual gravitational influence can be seen in their structure. The distance of the Leo Triplet is some 35 000 kly.

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Leo Triplet, LRGB, QSI583 through APM107/700 APO telecsope