Welcome to Galaxy Season once again…
The Leo Triplet
Three interacting Spiral Galaxies in one FOV, also called the M66 group.
A favorite amongst both visual observers and Astro-Imagers.
The Leo Triplet is a small bright group of galaxies about 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo.
This galaxy group consists of the spiral galaxies M65(top), M66, and the edge on NGC 3628 (aka The Hamburger Galaxy).
Although I have imaged these galaxies many times in the past with various sized telescopes, it always fun to see and image them each year.
I captured this image on 2-14-2023 at my observatories at JBSPO in Yellow Springs, Ohio with a 5.5 Newtonian reflector telescope,
Celestron AVX Mount, controlled with an ASI Air Plus,
ZWO 294MC cooled Cmos Camera, L-Pro Filter, Wi-Fi to IPAD, Processed in DSS, Pixinsight, and Adobe Raw CC 2023.
(30 x 2 minute subs) 60 minutes total integration time.