Deep Sky Object in Spring
Copeland's Septet (Galactic group in Leo)

Date & Time: Feb 11 2005, from 26:29 to 26:56 JST(+0900)
Composed 4 shots with 8 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024×2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600, White Balance...Auto

375357a11h 37m 53.8s+21°58' 51"1.7×0.5'13.6
374657b11h 37m 43.6s+22°00' 34"1.1×0.5'14.2
375057c11h 37m 51.8s+21°58' 26"0.8×0.7'13.9
375457d11h 37m 55.1s+21°59' 09"0.4×0.3'14.3
374857e11h 37m 49.2s+22°01' 33"0.7×0.4'14.8
375157f11h 37m 54.1s+21°56' 10"0.8×0.5'13.9
374557g11h 37m 44.6s+22°01' 15"0.4×0.2'15.2
At around the tail of Leo, about 8 degrees NW from Denebola, there is a small-scaled galactic group. It contains seven major member galaxies with 14 or 15th magnitude, the group is called "Copeland's Septet" because Ralph Copeland discovered the group in 1874. The group is only 5 arc minutes in span, it's difficult to detect individual galaxies through large-sized telescopes. The group is one of compact galactic groups distributed in heavens, has a number of 57 of Hickson's compact groups. The distance is estimated about 480 millions light years.
Member galaxies of Copeland's Septet



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