M65 und M66 in Leo

Messier 65 + 66 are two members of the well-known Leo triplet. They are about the same distance apart (~30 million light years). M 65 is a classic barred spiral galaxy, M 66 is also a barred spiral, but with very active star formation and pronounced tidal tails at its northern end.

Photographer: Markus Blauensteiner

Telescope: Lacerta 250 mm f/4 Newtonian
Mount: 10micron GM2000 HPS II
Camera: SX Trius 694
Exposure: LRGB 390:220:220:220 min