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inverted grayscale image with all the background galaxies I could find circled!
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- Exposure: LRGB -
- All exposures binned 1x1
- Total of 9.3 hours!!
- Telescope: Stellarvue SV80S @ f/4.78
- Mount: MI-250 GoTo
- Camera: SBIG ST-2000XM CCD, SBIG CFW-8
- Location: My backyard in Goleta, CA
- L: February 1, 2005, 00:00-05:30 PST
- RGB: February 1/2, 2005, 23:06-05:07 PST
- Processing: Taken in CCDSoft v5 using CCD Commander
100% UNATTENDED while I slept! Reduced in
CCDSoft. Aligned sub-frames with RegiStar. Combined
with Ray Gralak's Sigma Clip. Aligned sub-frames with
software. Curves, levels, selective sharpening/blurring, and
color combine in Photoshop.
- Names: M65, M66, NGC3628, NGC3593
and many others.
- Type: Galaxy Group (known as the
M66 Group), plus many background galaxies
- Constellation: Leo
- Distance: about 35 million light-years to
the M66 Group
- A group of galaxies gravitationally locked
together. M66 is the galaxy in the lower left corner and
considerably larger then the other galaxies. You can see the
distortions in M66's arms due to the interaction with the other
galaxies. M65 is just to the right of M66 - strangly M65 appears
to be undisturbed. NGC3628 is in the upper left corner. We
are looking at its edge. The dust band across the middle of
NGC3628 is obviously distorted from the gravitational
interaction. The final member of this group is NGC3593 in the
lower right corner.
- The dimmist galaxy I was able to find is
PGC1440966 at magnitude 18.9!