Derby and District Astronomical Society

NGC 3628

Spiral Galaxy in Leo      RA 11h 20m 18s  Dec +13d 36m 00s

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The edge on spiral galaxy NGC 3628 is one of the Leo Triplet of galaxies seen in this image taken by Chris Newsome on the 28th February 2006. NGC 3628 lies at the lower left of the triplet, which also includes M65 at the top and M66 at the lower right. 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.