Messier 95, 96, 105

M95, M96, M105

M95 and M96 were both first discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781, after reporting the information to Messier, he catalogued them both the same year. M105 was also discovered by Mechain but was not included in Messier's list until 1947. Looking at the above image, M96 is lower right, to its left is M95. In the cluster of three galaxies upper left, M105 is on the right. To its upper left is NGC 3371 and to its lower left is NGC 3389.

 

Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M95, M96, M105
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Leo
Camera: Apogee U16M with Astrodon Gen II Filters Distance: Approx 31-38 Million Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Spiral Galaxy
Exposure: 4.5 Hours RGB Position: R.A. 10 hr 43 min , Dec +11042'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: January 2015
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village