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Object Leo Triplet

This small group of galaxies consists of the Messier objects M65 (NGC 3623) and M66 (NGC 3627) as well as the edge-on spiral NGC 3628. These three galaxies, the heart of the M66 group, form a beautiful and photogenic group which is frequently referred to as the Leo Triplet.

Scope Zenithstar 80 ED & meade 6.3 fr
Camera ST2000XCM
Mount Losmandy G11
Filters Baader IR
Guiding Self Guided
Exposure Info 8 hours of total exposure time (32 x 15 min)
Date March 20, 2007
Copyright Photo copyright Thomas Kerns, Beluga Lake Observatory