Derby and District Astronomical Society

Messier 65 (NGC 3623)

Spiral Galaxy in Leo      RA 11h 18m 54s  Dec +13d 05m 00s

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M65 is one of the Leo Triplet of galaxies seen in this image taken by Chris Newsome on the 28th February 2006. M65 lies at the top of the triplet, which also includes M66 at the lower right and the edge on galaxy NGC 3628 at lower left. The image was taken with a Canon EOS 300D camera at the prime focus of a Skywatcher 80T refractor and comprises eight 150 second frames at 800 ASA, calibrated in Maxim DL and processed in CS2 using just RGB levels and curves. An Astronomik CLS filter was employed to reduce the sodium light pollution.