LeoTriplet

Here is a Leo Triplet image taken at the St. Croix Observatory. Scroll down the page to see 50% crops of each of the galaxies.

Triplet

 

M65

 

M66

 

NGC 3628

Object Leo Triplet (M65, M66 and NGC 3628)  RA 11:19:54 Dec +13:19:46
Exposure 2 hours (24 X 5 minutes)
ISO 1600
Camera Canon 60Da DSLR
Optics Prime focus of a 200mm SkyWatcher f/5 Newtonian reflector with a Televu Paracor for a total focal length of 1150 mm
Location

St. Croix, Nova Scotia

Processing This image was processed entirely in Images Plus beta 5. Calibration and stacking done with the automated image set processing. Arcsin stretch was used as the initial stretch. Two iterations of SMI processing used to bring up the faint detail. Colour noise reduction used to smooth the background. Masked noise reduction applied to complete the background smoothing. Sharpening and contrast enhancement applied then the image was binned and a masked star reduction applied.