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Taken 8-Apr-11
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Categories & Keywords

Subcategory:Night Sky
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:Galaxy, M65, M66
Photo Info

Dimensions3600 x 2400
Original file size5.92 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date taken8-Apr-11 23:46
Date modified9-Apr-11 23:48
Messier 65 & 66

Messier 65 & 66

About this Object:
This picture shows two galaxies in the constellation Leo.

Messier 66 on the Left (also known as NGC 3627) is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 36 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. M66 is about 95 thousand light-years across with striking dust lanes and bright star clusters along sweeping spiral arms.

Messier 65 on the Right (also known as NGC 3623) is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo.
About this Photo:
Date(s): April 8, 2011
Location: From my driveway in Georgetown, Texas
Telescope: Celestron C9.25 @ F10
Mount: HEQ-5
Guiding: Orion StarShoot AutoGuider / Taurus Tracker III OAG
Camera: Canon 40D Modified
Filter: Astronomik CLS
Exposure: 9 x 600s @ ISO1600 (90 Minutes total)
Acquisition: ImagesPlus 3.75 Camera Control
Processing: ImagesPlus 3.75 – Darks,Flats,Bias
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS3; Gradient Exterminator; Noise Ninja; Noel Carboni's Tools;
Temperature(s): 75º F