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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 right, M66 on the lower left and NGC 3628 on the top.

Object Leo Galaxy-Triplet
Category IAS Hakos, Namibia
Designation M 065, M 066
Constellation Leo
Optics Keller 20 inch Cassegrain f/3 in corrected primary focus
Mount Liebscher GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 4 x 10min each RGB, Baader filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark + Flat Frame
Guiding StarlightXpress Lodestar on Schneider OAG, Maxim DL as Guiding Software
Processing MaxIm DL5, Photoshop. Color Code RGB
Location-Date IAS-Hakos, Namibia - 3 Dec 2013
 
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