M 66 – Leo


M 66

M 66

The wonderful galaxy M66, in Leo, discovered by C. Messier on March 1, 1780 and located at about 35 millions of light years. It is part of the so-called “Leo’s Triplet” (with NGC 3628 and M65).

It was imaged on 8 Feb. 2011 by G. Masi with the Planewave 17 unit, part of the Virtual Telescope Project. A total of 20 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 0.63 “/pixel.

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