Leo Triplet

Small telescopes aren’t ideal for galaxies, unless you aim to snap a picture of the Leo Triplet.  The area around Leo has many galaxies, but the three below (M65, M66 and NGC3628) are brightest and most recognized.

Leo Triplet - M66 Galaxy Group

Leo Triplet – M65 (right), M66 (below) and NGC3628 (upper left)

All three galaxies are of the spiral type, but look different because of their orientation.  NGC3628 is edge-on and the dark band in the middle are dust lanes that cut across it.  This trio is located 35 million light years away.

Skywatcher 80ED
Canon 400D (ISO 800)
32 x 30sec

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