The Draco Triplet

Not as well-known as the Leo triplet, NGC 5981, 5982 and 5985, collectively known as the Draco triplet are a fine group of galaxies high in Draco. Unlike the Leo triplet however these galaxies are probably not related and are at different distances so the triplet is purely a line of sight effect. NGC 5981 (left) is about 100 million light years away, NGC 5982 (center) about 130 million years and NGC 5985 (right) about 120 million light years away.


Detail of the Draco Triplet

Telescope: 16″ f3.75 Dream Scope
Camera: FLI ML16803
Mount: ASA DDM85
Exposure: 9.5 hours (68x300s L +  3x15x300s RGB)
Acquisition: May 2018 & May 2021
Location: Southern Alps, France


The Draco Triplet and surroundings, including many NGC & PGC galaxies

2 Replies to “The Draco Triplet”

  1. Bart,
    Your image of the Draco Triplet is superb. I imaged this group a couple of years ago, but your effort has inspired me to take another run at this group during the next new moon cycle.

    Ron Abbott

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