NGC3627 - M66
DSS image of NGC3627
Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC3627, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

DSS image of NGC3627
Overlaid DSS image of NGC3627, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

Type  Galaxy
Magnitude  9
Size  9.1' x 8.7' @ 173°
RA (2000)  11h 20' 15.1"
Dec (2000)  12° 59' 30" N
Constellation  Leo
Description  B, vL, mE 150, mbM, 2 st np

Observing Notes

Andrew Cooper
10 Feb 2013 Hale Pohaku, HI (map)
46cm f/4.5 Newtonian, Deep Violet @ 175x

A bright core surrounded by a large faint halo, the core is almost stellar and centered in a bright central region about 2' x 1', a much larger faint halo surrounds about 8' x 4' extended north to south, the axis of the iner region does not align with the outer halo, M65 is visible 20' west and NGC3628 is visible 35' north

Andrew Cooper
28 Feb 1998 Las Cienegas NCA, Pima Co., AZ (map)
20cm f/10 SCT

Inclined spiral with noticeable nucleus

Charles Messier
1 Jan 1780

Nebula discovered in Leo; its light is very faint & it is very close to preceding [M65]: They both appear in the same field in the refractor. The comet of 1773 & 1774 has passed between these two nebulæ on November 1 to 2, 1773. M. Messier didn't see them at that time, no doubt, because of the light of the comet."

Rev. T.W. Webb
Hardwick, Herefordshire, England (map)

Two rather faint objects, elongated visually in different directions, in a low power field, with several stars. s (M66) rather the larger and brighter; D'A., 'magnifica;' 6'x2'. The other resolved in centre. L.P. both spiral.
Other Data Sources for NGC3627
Nearby objects for NGC3627
Acknowledgements and Credits...

Drawings, descriptions and CCD photos are copyright Andrew Cooper unless otherwise noted, no usage without permission. Use for non-profit and educational reasons is generally given on request.

Positional and some physical information is from the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Additional object data from the SIMBAD database, operated at CDS, Strasbourg, France.

The Digitized Sky Survey was produced at the Space Telescope Science Institute under U.S. Government grant NAG W-2166. The images of these surveys are based on photographic data obtained using the Oschin Schmidt Telescope on Palomar Mountain and the UK Schmidt Telescope.

Dark nebulae data from E.E. Barnard, A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way. Ed. Edwin B. Frost and Mary R. Calvert. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1927

Object descriptions of Rev. Webb from Celestial Objects for Common Telescopes sixth edition, Rev. T.W. Webb, 1917, edited by Rev T.E.Espin.