M 65 (NGC 3623) Galaxy in Leo

Located at: RA 11 hours 18 minutes 55 seconds, Dec +13 degrees 05 minutes 33 seconds

Size: 9.8' x 2.8' Magnitude: 10.3 blue Class: SAB(rs)a

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 500 minutes (50 x 10 minute subs), 04/10/11/13/2013; seeing 3.2-4.2 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.67.4842.27736, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes:

Posting what I have for now on M 65. Low clouds/fog have moved in for several days, and by the time it clears, the moon will be in the way. Supernova 2013am is visible in the lower one-third of the galaxy.

See the 8" version with M 66. See the 14.5" version of M 66.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 3623

NGC 3623 = M65 = U06328 = MCG +02-29-018 = CGCG 067-054 = PGC 34612
11 18 55.3 +13 05 35
V = 9.3;  Size 9.8x2.9;  SB = 12.8;  PA = 174d

17.5": very bright, very large, very elongated N-S, 7.5'x2.0', bright core, 
stellar nucleus.  A mag 12 star is W of the S end 2.1' from the center.  Forms a 
remarkable trio with M66 20' ESE and N3628 36' NE.  Requires low power to view 
all three in same field.

13": very bright, elongated N-S, bright core, possible stellar nucleus.

- by Steve Gottlieb