Messier 65/66 (M 65/66)

Introduction | Map | Sketch | My Own Observations | References

On this page I collect my observations of the galaxies M 65/66 in the constellation Leo.

 

Introduction

The 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 weak. I have seen the two galaxies only very faintly, and NGC 3628 not at all.

M 65/ M 66
Size: 5 x 1.5' / 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

 

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 Observations

Observations Spring 2017

I approached M 65/66 in Mühlhausen / Kraichgau in April/May 2017 with the Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PDS on the GoTo mount.

 

References

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