Monthly Archives: March 2012

Leo triplet of galaxies

The Leo Triplet is a small group of galaxies about 35 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo.  This galaxy group consists of the spiral galaxies M65, M66, and NGC 3628 (‘The Hamburger’).  Image acquired and processed with help of Olly Penrice at Les Granges Astronomy Holidays, SE France.

Right ascension: 11h 19m 44s | Declination: +13° 19′ 10″ | Distance: 35m Light Years
Field of view: 53 x 53 arcmin

Camera: Atik 4000 Mono (Kodak KAI 04022)
Telescope: TEC APO140ED F/7
Filters: Baader LRGB
Exposures: Lum 30 x 15 min; Red 11 x 10 min; Green 8 x 10min; Blue 15 x 10min
Total exposure: 13 hours
Image composition: LRGB
Scale: 1.56 arcsec/pixel
Image acquired: March 2012 from Les Granges, SE France.

Image capture with Artemis Capture; Image processed with Registar, AstroArt 5.0 and Photoshop CS3