M65, M66 and NGC 3628

Leo Trio

This little group of galaxies is located in the constellation of Leo. They are often photographed as a group, but it does require a rather large field of view to get all three galaxies. M65 and M66 are the two galaxies on the right of center. The group is listed as Arp 317 in the Catalogue of Peculiar Galaxies.


Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M65, M66 and NGC 3628
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Ursa Major
Camera: Apogee U16M with Gen II Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 35 Million Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Spiral Galaxy
Exposure: 5 hours 15 minutes of Luminance Position: R.A. 11 hr 20 min , Dec +120 592'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: March 2009
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village