The Leo Triplet of galaxies: These beautiful three galaxies in a distance of approx. 50 million light years are gravitationally influencing each other as they are relatively close neighbours. The intriguing aspect of the image is the three different orientations they have in space in relation to us as observers. M65 is on the lower left, M66 on the upper left and NGC 3628 on the right.



Object Leo Galaxy-Triplet
Category Galaxies
Designation M 065, M 066
Constellation Leo
Optics TMB 130 f/6 with Field Flattener
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 13 x 10min (1x1 bin) Luminance,5 x 5min each (2x2 bin) Astrodon True Balance RGB filterset. Maxim Dl for image acquisition.
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code LLRGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 17+21 March 2009
 
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