The Leo Trio, includes 3 spiral galaxies, M65, M66, and NGC 3627 and gets its iconic name from being located in the Leo constellation.
Each of these galaxies are in a gravitational tug of war and titled at a different angles, making each of their appearances different.
Located 30 million lightyears from Earth, we are observing these three galaxies as they were in the past. They might not even be there now.
|Other Names contained in image||M66 Group, M65, M66 and NGC 3628|
|Imaging telescopes or lenses||Takahashi FSQ -106ED4|
|Mounts||Software Bisque Paramount MYT|
|Software||Software Bisque The Sky X, PHD Lab PHD2, Voyager, Viking, PixInsight, Photoshop, Lightroom|
|Filters||Astrodon LRGB Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance 36mm unmounted. Chroma Technology Narrowband 3nm Ha, SII, OIII – 36mm Unmounted|
|Accessories||Moonlite NightCrawler 35 focuser, Maxdome II, Digital Loggers Pro Switch, Sky Alert Weather Station, Pegagsus Ultimate Powerbox v2, Starlight Xpress filter wheel.|
|Guiding Telescope or Lenses||Orion 60mm Guide Scope|
|Guiding Camera||ZWO ASI224MC Guide Camera|
|Imaging Dates||1/29/22, 1/30/22|
|Frames||Luminance: 17×300″ (1.4h) Gain 25, Photographic Mode, Temp -25C, Bin 1×1|
Red: 15×300″ (1.25h) Gain 25, Photographic Mode, Temp -25C, Bin 1×1
Green: 15×300″ (1.25h) Gain 25, Photographic Mode, Temp -25C, Bin 1×1
Blue: 15×300″ (1.25h) Gain 25, Photographic Mode, Temp -25C, Bin 1×1
|Flats||20 per Filter|
|Bortle Dark-Sky Scale:||2|
|RA center||11 18 55.221|
|DEC center||13 05 24.71|
|Resolution||6280 x 4210|
|Locations||Sirus 3.5m Observatory, Carbondale Colorado|
|Post Processing Techniques||PixInsight to Photoshop to Lightroom|
|Median FWHM Pixels||L 3.181, R 2.933, G 3.026, B 3.136|