M 66 (NGC 3627, Arp 16) Galaxy in Leo

Located at: RA 11 hours 20 minutes 15 seconds, Dec +12 degrees 59 minutes 00 seconds

Size: 9.1' x 4.1' Magnitude: 9.7 blue Class: SAB(s)b

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 14.5" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c & -25c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 700 minutes (70 x 10 minute subs), 03/30 & 04/1/2/4/5/2014; seeing 2.5-4.6 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.77.5159.19820, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

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

Notes: Weather still posing problems ... Took five nights to get enough subs in between the clouds.

See M65 and 66 together with the 8". See the 14.5" version of M 65.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 3627
NGC 3627 = M66 = U06346 = MCG +02-29-019 = CGCG 067-057 = Arp 16 = VV 308 = PGC 
34695
11 20 15.0 +12 59 22
V = 8.9;  Size 9.1x4.2;  SB = 12.7;  PA = 173d

17.5": very bright, large, elongated N-S, 5'x3', bright elongated core.  Two 
spiral arms are visible although the western arm is more prominent.

13": bright elongated core, stellar nucleus.  A diffuse spiral arm extends S and 
a second short arm extends to the E.  A dark patch is visible just E of the 
nucleus.

- by Steve Gottlieb