|Object Type||Galaxy SBb|
|Size||9.0' x 4.0'|
M66, along with M65 and NGC 3628, is a member of a well-known group of bright galaxies, commonly known as the "Leo Trio". All are spirals and are members of the Virgo cluster. Of the three, M66 is the brightest and the one turned most face on. In an 8" telescope it appears as a bright eliptical haze.
Combination of 5, 3-minute images, SBIG ST-7XE CCD camera.
8" f/6.3 schmidt-cassegrain telescope at prime focus.
30 seconds exposure, SBIG ST-9XE CCD camera.
16" f/10 schmidt-cassegrain telescope with f/6.3 focal reducer.
Combination of 80, 2 minute images unfiltered. SBIG STL-1001E CCD camera.
16" f/10 schmidt-cassegrain telescope at prime focus.