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Leo Triplet and NGC 3628 tidal tail: Comments

Ann Sidbrant (Contact, Page), June 16th, 2009, 11:56

This is an amazing image. I have only seen the tail of NGC 3628 once before, and I look at quite a lot of astrophotos. It's not strange that the tail should be there - other interacting galaxies have tails, after all - but it must be exceedingly faint, since basically all other astrophotographers miss it. It sure adds some real drama to the dance of the Leo Triplet!

Me the color freak love the color difference you have managed to tease out of M66 and M65. Like the tail of NGC 3628, this striking color difference between the two well-known Leo galaxies is rarely seen. But it is so appropriate that it should be there, since M66 has a lot of star formation and M65 basically has none. In any case, the color difference between the Messier galaxies adds to the loveliness of the picture.

(By the way, I tried to post this comment earlier, but I couldn't because the "are you human" code I filled in wasn't accepted. I tried several versions of it, but none worked.)

RBA (Contact, Page), June 16th, 2009, 12:51

Ann, thanks for this and all your comments!!
Sorry about the "human" test, I guess sometimes it's a bit temperamental as well.
Yes, the tail is very faint - if you spend the time to get enough data, and process the image knowing it's there and "going for it", then it shows up ;-)

Javier (Contact, Page), October 14th, 2009, 2:03

Rogelio, la mejor foto que he visto del famoso triplete.....

Espectacular, ese talento lo echamos de menos en este lado del Atlantico..

See you in Spain!


RBA (Contact, Page), October 14th, 2009, 7:34

Gracias Javier!

Mat Drummen (Contact, Page), March 28th, 2013, 4:53

Dear Sir,

I'm preparing an article on the Leo-Triplet for the Dutch periodical Zenit, a non-commercial magazine for amateur astronomy in the Netherlands.
Can you give me permission to use your image of the Leo Triplet? Of course I will mention the author.

Thank you and best regards,

Mat Drummen

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