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The Leo Triplet Galactic Group

Staring 35 million years into the past


The Leo Triplet is a group of galaxies located in the constellation of Leo. Each of these galaxies contain within them several hundred billion Suns. These galaxies are so distant that light, which can zip around the Earth 7 times in a single second, takes a whopping 35 million years to travel to Earth. This also means that whenever we look at these galaxies, we are seeing them as they are at a time that was even closer to the time of the dinosaurs that it is to us. 

Imaging Details

Location: Johor, Malaysia

Date: March 2015
Telescope/Lens: TPO 8" f/4 Imaging Newtonian
Mount: Losmandy G11 with Gemini 2
Guiding: Meade DSI-C with ZWO 60mm Guidescope

Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Modified: Baader UV/IR cut)
Exposure: 11x420sec @ ISO400. Darks and Flats applied. 

Image reduction, integration and processing with Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight.

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