M 65 – Leo

M 65 (NGC 3623) is a spiral galaxy in Leo, located at about 35 millions of light years, part of the so-called “Leo’s Triplet” (with M66 and NGC 3628 ).

M 65

M 65

It was discovered by C. Messier on March 1, 1780. This marvelous object is one of the best ones visible with a small telescope. It is palced at about 35 millions of light years from us.

Here, it was imaged with the Planewave 17, part of the Virtual Telescope Project. A total of 14 exposures, with 5 minutes of integration each, were averaged. Images were unguided, completely trusting the Paramount ME mount. The CCD camera is a SBIG STL-6303E. The image scale is of 0.78 “/pixel. Image by Gianluca Masi.

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