(IAAC) Obj: M95, M96, M105 - Inst: 10x50 binoculars

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-12-18/19, 08:15 UT
Location: Whidbey Island, MA, USA (48N)
Site classification: rural
Limiting magnitude: 7.1
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: 10x50 Tasco binoculars
Magnification: 10x
Filters used: None
Object: M95, M96, M105
Category: Galaxies (SBb, Sb, and E1)
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 9.7, 9.2, 9.3  size 7x5', 7x5', 4x4'
RA/DE: 10h45m  +12o
These should have formed a lovely, faint trio near
the center of my binocular field. But no combination
of averted vision, fixation, deep breathing, jiggling,
and an active imagination could coax out even their
bright inner cores. Perhaps with more altitude, and
a more detailed star chart for reference (I had only
brought my Petersons Guide along on this trip), they
may be a binocular/small refractor object. Good luck!
Karen Simmons & Lew Gramer dedalus@alum.mit.edu http://www.tiac.net/users/lewkaren