Antilhue - Chile

M 65 - M 66 and NGC 3628
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Image Data

Designation M  66 (NGC 3627) left,  M 65 (NGC 3623) right,  NGC 3628 (top)
Object type Spiral galaxies
Coordinates 11 h 20 min   + 13 13'
Constellation Leo (Leo)
Description Towards the bottom are the mag 9.6 resp. mag 10.1 spiral galaxies discovered by Messier in 1780:   M 65 exhibits a long dark absorption lane while M 66 shows a clear spiraling structure. At 30 million lightyears, they form an interacting group (Trio in Leo) with nearby NGC 3628, a thick spiral galaxy seen edge-on, with a prominent dust lane

Click on the image for a higher resolution rendering.  The field of view is 77 x 53 arcminutes with north towards the top. 

Here is an older B&W image of M 65 & M 66, one of my very first CCD images.

Exposure NRGB 90:60:60:60 min @ -20C, no filter on luminance, all unbinned
Camera SBIG STL-11000 selfguided  with Astronomik Type II RGB filter set.
Optics TEC APO 200 FL  @ f/8 - first light, no field flattener (yet)
Mount Astro-Physics AP900GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD, Sigma Pre Beta 11,  Registar, Adobe Photoshop CS
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 04-05Mar 2006 @ 06:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 5/10,  Seeing 5/10, Temperature + 15C