M66 : Member of Leo Triplet

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
M66


NGC Number:
NGC 3627


Common Name:
-


Constellation:
Leo


Distance from Earth:
36 million light-years


Visual Magnitude:
8.9


Size:
9.1′ 4.2′


Rate:

Description:
Messier 66 (also known as NGC 3627) is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 36 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1780. M66 is about 95 thousand light-years across with striking dust lanes and bright star clusters along sweeping spiral arms. (Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
26 December 2008

Location:
Italy  - Passo Brocon (Trentino)

Weather:
Temp = -8C

Equipment:
Skywatcher HEq5 Pro
Skywatcher ED80
Images aquired with: 
Canon 350D unfilterd

Exposure Specs:
Lights: 10x90 sec @ 1600ISO
Darks: 10x90 sec
Flats: -
Offsets: 46

Total Exposure: 15 min

Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 2

 

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