Messier 65/66 (M 65/66)

Introduction | Map | Sketch | My Own Photos | My Own Observations | References

On this page I collect my observations of the galaxies M 65/66 in the constellation Leo. The neigboring galaxies M 65 and M 66 were a tight fit for the field of view of the eVscope, with the quadratic image format, but they fit well with the rectangular format.

 

Introduction

The spiral galaxies M 65 and M 66, together with the galaxy NGC 3628, belong to the Leo Triplet in the constellation Leo. Both galaxies are said to be brighter than those of the Virgo cluster, whereas NGC 3628 is very faint. In a normal relescope, I saw the two galaxies only very faintly with visual telescopes, and NGC 3628 not at all.

In the eVscope, the two neighboring galaxies M 65 and M 66 are clearly visible individually and together they fit just about into the quadratic field of view of the eVscope (20' distance); they fit better when using the rectangular format without overlay. The whole Leo Triplet cannot be observed in the eVscope.

M 65      M 66
Size: 5 x 1.5' (Stoyan)
Distance: 40 million light years
Rating: ** (Stoyan)
  Size: 4.5' x 2' (Stoyan)
Distance: 40 million light years
Rating: ** (Stoyan)

 

Map

The galaxies M 65 and M 66 in the constellation Leo as well as the neighboring galaxy M 96 (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

The Leo Triplet: NGC 3280 (selected), M 66, and M 65 (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

Sketch

The sketch by Michael Vlasov (DeepSkyWatch.com) provides a rough impression of what I observed (my impression was much fainter than the sketch): Leo's Triplet (Messier 65, 66, NGC 3628) by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016)

Note: I only have the author's permission to link to the sketch.

 

My Own Photos

eVscope

M 65

      

M 65 - Mar 13, 2020

 

M 65 - Mar 22, 2020

 

M 65 - Mar 25, 2020

      

M 65 - Mar 13, 2020, photo above processed

 

M 65 - Mar 22, 2020, photo above processed

 

M 65 - Mar 25, 2020, photo above processed

M 66

         

M 66 - Mar 13, 020

 

M 66 - Mar 13, 2020

 

M 66 - Mar 23, 2020
   

M 66 - Mar 13, 2020, version above processed

 

M 66 - Mar 13, 2020, version above processed

  M 66 - Mar 23, 2020, version above processed

M 66 and M 65

         

M 65 & M 66 - Mar 13, 2020

 

M 65 & M 66 - Mar 22, 2020

 

M 65 & M 66 - Mar 23, 2020

         

M 65 & M 66 - Mar 13, 2020, processed

 

M 65 & M 66 - Mar 22, 2020, processed

 

M 65 & M 66 - Mar 23, 2020, processed

   

M 65 & M 66 - Apr 22, 2020

 

M 65 & M 66 - Apr 23, 2020

 

M 65 & M 66 - Apr 23, 2020

   

M 65 & M 66 - Apr 22, 2020, photo above processed

 

M 65 & M 66 - Apr 23, 2020, photo above processed

 

M 65 & M 66 - Apr 23, 2020, photo above processed

     

M 65 & M 66 - May 16, 2020, sky too bright

 

M 65 & M 66 - May 16, 2020, photo left processed

   

 

My Own Observations

Observations Spring 2017

Observations February to May 2020

 

References

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