Updated: 2.18.05

NGC3628 is part of the famous Leo Trio, which also consists of galaxies M65 and M66. While also the largest of the 3 galaxies, it also has the lowest surface brightness, making it the most difficult to image well. This region abounds with many small galaxies and a close look reveals on the order of 50 to 60 in the background of this image. The image was shot in Chiefland during the February new moon.

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Image info:

10" Homemade Newtonian on a Losmandy Titan Mount

Starlight Express

44x3 mins


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