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Object:

M65 and M66: Galaxy pair in Leo

RA = 11h 18 min 56 sec; Dec = +13 deg 05 min (M65)

Date & Site:
Imaged on 3/04/11; Little Blair Valley
Equipment:

Telescope:Vixen R200SS 8" Newtonian (800 mm F4)

Baader MPCC Coma Corrector
Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini
Camera: ST-10XME; CFW10 with Astrodon filters

Notes:

Conditions: 41 degrees; calm, good seeing

Exposures: 90 min Lum (9 x 10 min subs); 40 min each RGB (6 x 5 min subs 2x2 binned)

FOV = 36 x 24 arc minutes (cropped from original)

Located 30 million LY away, these galaxies form a dynamically bound interacting system. M65 and M66 are 160,000 ly apart