Leo Trio from BMV Observatories
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
The Leo Trio
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This is the Leo Trio of galaxies, with NGC 3628 ('hamburger galaxy'), to the left, M65 top right, and M66 on bottom left. These galaxies are about 30 million light years away from Earth. I made an effort during processing to show background galaxies and the faint inter-galactic clouds, the most prominent of which is the 'tail' going down and to the left of NGC 3628.

Date: Jan 14 - Feb 15, 2010
Location: Blue Mountain Vista Observatory, New Ringgold PA
Optics: Takahashi FSQ 106 at f/5
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: Apogee Alta U8300
Guiding: Orion ST80/SBIG ST402
Exposure: LRGB - L: 51x10min R:17x10 min, G:17x6 min, B:20x10 min - Total 16.4 hrs
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.