(IAAC) Object: M95, M96, M105 - Instrument: 7x50 binos

Observer: Lew Gramer
Your skills: Intermediate
Date and UT of Observation: 1997-2-9/10, 08:50 UT
Location: Medford, MA, USA (42N)
Site classification: urban
Limiting magnitude: 5.0 (zenith) 4.8 (near object)
Seeing: 3 - medium
Moon up: no
Instrument: 50mm binos
Magnification: 7x
Filters used: None
Object: M105 (M95, M96 not seen)
Category: Elliptical galaxy
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 9.3   size 5'x4'
RA/Dec: 10h48m   12o35'
M105 was readily apparent to averted vision as a dim "dot"
near a mag 7 star just S of 52 Leo. However in spite of a
concerted search in the same field with good charts, no hint
of M105's companions M95 and M96 could be seen: sky glow
in my backyard was just too much for these mighty spirals.