Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  M 65  ·  M 66  ·  NGC 3623  ·  NGC 3627  ·  NGC 3628
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Leo Triplet  M 65,M 66 and NGC 3628, 


            Michele Vonci
Leo Triplet  M 65,M 66 and NGC 3628
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Leo Triplet M 65,M 66 and NGC 3628

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Skywatcher Quattro 8S 205mm  ·  Sky-Watcher Quattro 8" f/4 Steel

Imaging cameras: Canon 600D

Mounts: Sky-Watcher N-EQ6

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher EvoGuide 50ED

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI 120 MM Mini

Focal reducers: Explore Scientific HR Coma Corrector

Software: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018  ·  PHD 2  ·  Luc Coiffier's DeepSkyStacker 4.1.1 64bit

Accessory: Explore Scientific HR Coma Corrector

Dates:Jan. 29, 2019

Frames: 45x60"

Integration: 0.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 23.71 days

Avg. Moon phase: 33.65%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3387769

RA center: 11h 19' 59"

DEC center: +13° 17' 9"

Pixel scale: 1.043 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 167.701 degrees

Field radius: 0.645 degrees

Resolution: 3603x2619

Locations: Home backyard, Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom

Data source: Backyard


After a disastrous evening - usb ports not working on the laptop resulting in no guiding, telescope tube that almost fell due to poor locking on the mount, and sub-zero temperatures - I managed to collect 45x60s frames of Leo's triplet, a beautiful group of three galaxies (M65, M66, and NGC3628) in the Leo's constellation located at 35million light-years from Earth. I had to stop the collection when the target disappeared behind the neighbours' roof!



Michele Vonci
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Leo Triplet  M 65,M 66 and NGC 3628, 


            Michele Vonci