Leo Triplet – 2014

A small group of galaxies some 35 million light years away found in the constellation Leo. Consists of M65, M66 and NGC3628. The Messier grouping here is visible in most back yard telescopes and with a wide field of view it is possible to view all 3 objects in the same eyepiece.

The Triplet is located in the middle of leo – just by what i call his belly 🙂

The red circle shows the location of the Triplet in leo

The red circle shows the location of the Triplet in leo

The object is on the same axis as Regulus and Denebola. regulus is found on the front of Leo, while Denebola is at the rear. When trying to find these object i normally start at the star which is visible on this axis which is 7 Leonis, and from here i head straight down to the triplet. M66 is the brightest of the three with M65 is slightly dimmer, and finally nGC3628 is the faintest. In large scopes both the dark lane and also the tidal tail is visible.

The triplet is a highlight of this time of year and is always worth while a visit

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