Leo Triplet (M65, M66, NGC3628)

Leo Triplet
Leo Triplet

One of the most beautiful groups of galaxies in the spring sky.

This is a group of gravitationally interacting galaxies about 35 million light years in constellation Leo. A tidal stream of stars is visible below the left galaxy (NGC3628).

I planned a very deep image but all I could capture were about 2 hours of usable data in early April this year. Now this object is already too low above the horizon to get more. So see you next spring again … hopefully with better weather.

Yes, always complaining about weather … but this winter and spring was really unusual rainy and foggy. Seems to become better now, however just with the full moon – as usual.

Celestron RASA 11 v2
Celestron CGX-L mount
RisingCam ATR3CMOS26000KPA
UV/IR Cut filter, IDAS NBZ filter
Bortle 4-5
No moon
239x30sec (1h59m30s) UV/IR Cut filter