M65 and M66

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Image Data: Object Information:
  • Exposure:  LRGB - 24x300s:8x300s:8x300s:8x300s
    • Luminance binned 1x1, RGB binned 2x2
  • Telescope:  Stellarvue SV152
  • Mount:  MI-250 GoTo
  • Camera:  SBIG ST-10XME CCD, SBIG CFW-10, AstroDon E-Series TruBalance Filters
  • Location:  Casa Cielo Observatory, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Date/Time: 
    • Luminance: February 24, 2006,  00:40-03:05 PST
    • RB: May 23, 2006,  21:30-22:56 PDT
    • G: May 25, 2006, 21:56-22:35 PDT
  • Processing:  Taken  in MaxIm DL v4 using CCD Commander. Reduced in CCDSoft.  Aligned sub-frames with RegiStar.  Combined sub-exposures with Ray Gralak's Sigma Clip.  RGB Color Combine and DDP in MaxIm. RGB gradient removal with Russ Croman's GradientXTerminator. LRGB combine, levels, saturation boost, and selective sharpening/blurring in Photoshop.

  • Note: First Light (red and blue frames) for Casa Cielo Observatory!
  • Names:  M65/NGC3623 and M66/NGC3627
  • Type:  Spiral Galaxies
  • Constellation:  Leo
  • Distance: about 35 million light-years
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