Leo Triplet

Leo Triplet

Hello,

I send you the last sketch I made.

Because of the winter and school, two months passed during I didn’t go outside to observe the sky ! To much time without observing. This night, I had the time and, trought the window, sky seemed clear. Then I got out with my 10 inch telescope, enter in the car and… notice it was foggy in my city. Then I tried to find a place without fog. I found the place.

Leo triplet

Because the wet weather, before I pointed m66 group with my 25mm plössl, I was sure I would see nothing, but, surprise ! I saw m66, m65 and, when I took care, NGC 3628 below, all I the same field of view. I cannot resist to the tentation to draw them. Then I jump in the car to get my sketch equipment. I zoomed with my 13mm Celestron LX to get better view for details. But, one of the must pleasure I had, it was to compare the sketch with picture after at home and notice that my star was approximatelly at the good place :P

It was the first time I observed them. Sky condition was poor. I wonder wath they will look like with good sky condition and with bigger telescope !!

Object Name: Leo triplet: m65, m66 and NGC 3628
Object Type: Galaxy group
Location: Saint-Félicien, Quebec, Canada
Date: March 16 2012
Media: HB sketch pencil and shader brush
Instrument: Skywatcher 10 inch, 1200mm of focal length
Eyepiece: 25 mm Plössl and 13 mm Celestron Ultima LX for the details

Enjoy !