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4/1/03 The Leo Trio

Dark and clear! I spent the last couple of nights hunting galaxies. I mounted the ETX70 on top of the LX200 and got a cool shot of the Leo Trio. On 3/27/03 I used this setup and was disappointed because of what looked like severe field rotation. I have now found that the 3 point rings I'm using to attach the 70 to the LX200 were pinching the optics. I backed off the tightness of the ring bolts and got a much better image although there's still some star elongation present in the upper lefthand corner. This is a great group of galaxies. I took shots of all 3 individually, and then this wide field shot showing them all together.