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Spiral galaxies in Leo 

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Messier 65 is on the right. Along with a third spiral galaxy, NGC 3628 (to their north and outside the frame of this image), they form the well-known Leo Trio. They can be easily seen in the same telescopic field of view with a low-power eyepiece.

Messier 65:

Magnitude 9.3
Apparent Size 10' x 3'
Distance (light yrs) 35 million
Right Ascension 11:18.9
Declination +13 05
Field of View 36' x 27'

Messier 66:

Magnitude 9.0
Apparent Size 9' x 4'
Distance (light yrs) 36 million
Right Ascension 11:20.2
Declination +12 59

Image details:  Exposure times of 81 minutes luminance, and 30 minutes each of red, green, and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 14" Meade LX850 telescope at f/4.8.

April 2015