Object: Constellation: Coordinates: Size: Brightness:
Messier 65
(= NGC 3623)
Leo 11h19m / +1306' 8.7' x 2.5' 9.2mag
Messier 66
(= NGC 3627)
Leo 11h20m / +1259' 8.3' x 4.2' 8.9mag

The galaxies Messier 66 (left) and Messier 65 (right) in the constellation Leo on March 28/29, 2014. 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.

20 3-minutes exposures at ISO 800 were added for this shot in DeepSkyStacker (resulting in a 1 hour and 7 minutes exposure) and the final image processing was done in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).


Search chart for Messier 65 & 66. Map © 2014 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", www.siaris.net. Map is slightly modified.