K3's Astronomy - Messier Catalog
"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which You have set in place, what is Man that You are mindful of him?" -- Psalm 8:3,4

M66 (Spiral Galaxy in Leo)

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M66 - Galaxy in Leo, 24.05.2003 (21:55 - 22:32 UT)
Resolution: 2.36 arcsec/pixel
Camera: Vesta 675SC2 + 0.6FR
Telescope: 8" F6 Orion Europa Newtonian
Result focal ratio: F3.6
Exposure: 48x45s (gain 100%), AMP OFF, DF, FF
Seeing: soft wind

The galaxy is part of Leo Galaxy Triplet. It is 35 million light years far away from the Earth.

1, 48 frames captured and summed in X2 mode in K3CCDTools
2, histogram stretching and gamma 1.20
3, resized to 2/3 of size in Corel PhotoPaint

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The same AVI source as above, but harder postprocessing (gamma 1.50) in K3CCDTools.

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Last Update: 03.06.2003