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M65, M66, NGC 3628 - The Leo Triplet

M65, M66, NGC 3628 - The Leo Triplet

Date: 3/19/2010
Target: M65, M66, NGC3628 - The Leo Triplet
Telescope: Orion 8" f/4.9 w/Multi-Purpose Coma Corrector
Camera: Canon 40D (modified)
Filter: None
Exposures: 35x240s (2.3h) @ ISO1600
Framing: North is Left, 73% Crop
Start Temp: 42F
End Temp: 35F
Location: Mocksville, NC
Seeing: 4/5
Transparency: 5/5
Guiding (RMS/Osc): 0.21/41
FWHM: 4.6"
Dark Noise (StdDev): 291
Start Time: 10:00PM
End Time: 2:00AM
Captured with Nebulosity, stacked using DeepSkyStacker, processed in Photoshop.

Runner-Up - Digital_Astro Monthly Challenge March 2010

Winner - AstroPhotoGallery Challenge April 2010

Winner - Cloudy Nights Beginner DSO Challenge April 2010

From Wikipedia:
The Leo Triplet (also known as the M66 Group) is a small group of galaxies about 35 million light-years away[citation needed] in the constellation Leo. This galaxy group consists of the spiral galaxies M65, the M66, and the NGC 3628.