M65 and M66
image is of two galaxies that fit in the same image frame.
Galaxies M66 (top left) and M65 (bottom right) are companion galaxies
and both are an estimated 35 million light years away. This image
is from a combination 4 luminance and 1 each RGB shots for a total of
35 minutes exposure time. Image set was taken on Feb 27,
2004. This one of the better images that I have
produced to date. There is considerable detail in both
galaxies. M66 reveals tightly wound spiral arms and a dark
dust lane along the facing edge. M65 shows a lot of hot
blue areas indicating active star forming regions.