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M66 - Galaxy in Leo

M66 - Galaxy in Leo

Date: 3/19/2010
Target: M65, M66, NGC3628 - The Leo Trio
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, 2x Drizzle and 33% Crop
Start Temp: 42F
End Temp: 35F
Location: Mocksville, NC
Seeing: 4/5
Transparency: 5/5
Guiding (RMS/Osc): 0.21/41
Dark Noise (StdDev): 291
Start Time: 10:00PM
End Time: 2:00AM
Captured with Nebulosity, stacked using DeepSkyStacker, processed in Photoshop.

Full frame Leo Trio here.

Anacortes Telescope and Wild Bird Picture of the Day March 28, 2010

From Wikipedia:
Messier 66 (also known as NGC 3627) is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 36 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1780. M66 is about 95 thousand light-years across with striking dust lanes and bright star clusters along sweeping spiral arms. M66 is part of the famous Leo Triplet, a small group of galaxies that also includes M65 and NGC 3628.