Leo Triplet (plus 1)

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Leo Triplet (plus 1)
Mar 18, 2013

Comet hunting was a complete bust (only clouds in the sky were low on the western horizon), fortunately there are other things in the sky. This is the Leo Triplet, M66 (lowest, looks barred but not classified as such), M65 (above to the left here), and NGC 2438, the large edge on with the dust lane through it. And in the upper right we have NGC 3593.



Leica 400/6.8 Telyt at f/6.8 on Nex-7. 90sec x 13 exposures, ISO 1600. About a 60% crop.

Comments: This cluster is easy-peasy to find. Go about 1/3 of way from Denebola (tail of Leo) to Regulus, alpha Leo (the base of the reverse question mark). If you miss and go 60% instead you'll find another triplet+1, M95, M96, and M105, NGC 3384.

Criticisms: Need more time on the galaxies, but brighter stars were blowing out, even cranking hard on the curves. Think I need to figure out a star-shrinking algorithm. f/8 might have been better, as well. Don't know why the background streaks like that.

Sony Alpha NEX-7
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