Leo-Triplett (Leo)

Leo-Triplett (Leo)

Click on the image for a larger version

Date/Site: 9. and 24. March 2022. Remote observatory on the AAR club's site in Presberg
Exposure/
Filter:
R: 7 x 300 seconds,
G: 11 x 300 seconds,
B: 10 x 300 seconds,
L: 42 x 300 seconds, (-20°C)
Camera: Moravian G3-16200 with Astronomik Type II-filters
Optics/
Instrument:
250mm f/4,7 Newton with VIP-3010 Paracorr on 10Micron GM1000 HPS
Guiding: ASI120 attached to a 61mm-finder,
focusing: Microtouch and FocusMax,
data acquired remotely using CCD-Commander, PHD_Broker with PHD2/multistar-guiding and MaximDL 6,
processing: MaximDL 6 and PixInsight 1.8

The galaxies of the Leo-Triplett (M65, M66 and NGC 3628) are shaped by intense gravitational forces. Particularly NGC 3628 is heavily warped and sports a very long tidal stream.
In this image it is only hinted at; it had to be truncated in favour of the composition with M 65 and M 66. I hope to capture the whole almost 300,000 lightyears long tidal stream together with its dwarf galaxies in the future.

© Friedhelm Hübner, last revision:  20.08.2022