Updated: 3.15.05

Part of the famous Leo Trio, M66 is a nice galaxy with an unusual shape, probably due to interactions with its nearest neighbors, including M65 and NGC3628. Like the other 2 nearby galaxies, this is a large 9.2' x 4.2' object with a 9.6 magnitude brightness. This was taken at Chiefland.

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10" Homemade Newtonian on a Losmandy Titan Mount

Starlight Express

46x2 mins

f/4 with MPCC

Acquired in Astroart and processed in Maxim as an RGB image (no darks and no flats)

guided with an STV on a piggybacked Sky90 refractor