Antilhue - Chile

M 65 + M 66
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Designation M 65 (NGC 3623) left and M 66 (NGC 3627)
Constellation Leo  (Leo)
Description Mag 10.1 resp. mag 9.6 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.

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Exposure L 10 min @ -10C
Camera SBIG ST-10E unguided, no filter
Optics Astro-Physics AP155EDFS @ f/7.2 (prime focus)
Mount Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Software MaxIm DL/CCD
Location - Date - Time San Esteban (Chile) - 09Feb2002 - 07:00 UTC
Conditions Transparency 5-6,  Seeing 5-6, Temperature +20C