leotriplett_1600x1065

Equipment and other photo info:
Picture taken on March 31, 2007.
Skywatcher ED80 @ f/6.0, Canon EOS 300D 12x300sec @ ISO800 + 6x120sec @ ISO800
Manually guided with Maksutov 90/1250 + Microguide EP 12.5mm
Mount: EQ6 Vis
Processing software: IRIS, PixInsight 1.0, Photoshop CS2

Object info:
This small group of galaxies consists of the Messier objects M65 (NGC 3623) and M66 (NGC 3627) as well as the edge-on spiral NGC 3628. These three galaxies, the heart of the M66 group, form a beautiful and photogenic group which is frequently referred to as the Leo Triplett; Halton Arp has included this group as number 317 in his Catalogue of Peculiar Galaxies (M66 is also Arp 16). Lying at a distance of some 35 million light years, it is probably physically related to the M96 group.

More information about this object at: http://seds.org/messier/More/m066gr.html