M65, M66 and NGC3628 "Leo Trio" in LRGB

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See this image  with Asteroid 940 Kordula in the image F.O.V.

Taken on February 27, 2004 from my backyard in Castro Valley, Ca.

Equipment used and exposure details:

Astro-Physics AP155EDF  imaging scope @1085mm focal length (f/7) 

SBIG ST10XME imaging camera @ -30C

Astro-Physics 80mm guide scope

SBIG ST7E Guide control camera @-10C

FLI CFW 1 filter wheel

Optec IR-Blocking Luminance Filter

Exposure details:

10 exposures of 10 minutes each for Luminance

5 exposures of 10 minutes each for R, G, B (2x2 binned)

4 hours 10 minutes total exposure time

Maxim DL used for ST10XME control and processing

Russ Croman's Sigma Reject Plugin for Maxim DL used for Darks, Flats, Biases and image combine

CCDSOFT 5.00.71 used for ST7E control

AIP4WIN used for Deconvolution

Photoshop 7 used for final touch up

 

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