(IAAC) Obj: M95 (NGC 3351) and M96 (NGC 3368 - Inst: 8" F/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 4/18/1999  21.05 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52.09N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" F/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M95 (NGC 3351) and M96 (NGC 3368
Category: External galaxy.
Class: S(B)b and Sb
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 9.7, 9.2  size 7'.4 x 5'.1 and 7'.1 x 5'.1
Position: RA 10:45  DEC +11:45
Easily located galaxies in Leo. M95 is a small, round and rather difficult
galaxy. Hard at 98X but easier at 203X. Bright nucleus surrounded by a fainter
outer halo. Located close to a mag. 10 star.
M96 is much easier to see than M95, it is slightly elongated NW-SE and has a
very bright nucleus. At 203X the view is much improved but no real details
are seen.
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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