M65 and M66 in Leo

10th April 2006
Constellation: Leo

The moon as 7 degrees from the pair of galaxies tonight! I was shooting the moon, but, as I was nearby I descided to have a quick look at these two, mainly because I thought I could get them both in the same field of view. And I can.

The final picture is dreadful of course, almost impossible to flatten it with the moon so close by, but it proves the point.

I am not sure if it is worth imaging this pair together like this on a moonless night. The framing would require each galaxy to sit in an area of slight vignetting. A better result could be obtained by treating each object separately. Colour balance would also be interesting!

Captured in Artemis Capture. Calibrated and combined in Maxim.

This image was autoguided using my 400mm focal length refractor and my black and white SC1 webcam.

Current Imaging equipment configuration

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Exposure Details :

Coma Corrector 26x30s on 200mm @ F5 with ART285

Curdridge Observatory, Southampton,UK