M65 Galaxy

M65 is a spiral galaxy in Leo that can be seen in the same field of view in a telescope with M66. The galaxy is about 30 million light-years away. The diameter of M65 is about 60,000 light-years. M65 was discovered by P. Mechain in March 1780. It was added to the Messier list upon the second publication of the list in 1780.

This is an LRGB color composite CCD image taken with an SBIG STL-11000M CCD on a Takahashi FCT-150 refractor at f7.

M65 (NGC 3623)
Constellation: Leo
RA: 11h 18m 56s Dec: +13d 05' 27" (J2000)
March 11 & 15, 2008
Image by Sid Leach
Scottsdale, Arizona

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