The galaxies Messier 66 (left) and Messier 65 (right) in the constellation Leo on April 8/9, 2011. The two spirals are about 35 million light years from earth and were discovered by Charles Messier in 1780. They can be seen in a small telescope.

Four 8 minute exposures and a 3 minute exposure at ISO 1600 were added for this shot.
Equipment: Canon EOS 20Da camera, TeleVue coma corrector, Zambuto 16" f/5 quartz optics in a Dieter Martini dobsonian telescope, dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Teleskop-Service off axis system TS-OAG9 EOS.