(IAAC) Obj: M 95, M 96, M 105, NGC 3384 - Inst: Astroscan 4,1" f440mm Widefield
Observer: Martin Baur
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 25.04.2000 23:45 MET
Location of site: clearing near Hofgeismar, Germany (Lat +51°, Elev 820 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: ~5.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: Astroscan 4,1" f440mm Widefield
Magnification: 21x 59x
Object(s): M 95, M 96, M 105, NGC 3384
Category: External galaxy.
Data: mag size
Position: RA : DEC :
These four galaxies are all located north from the 5 mag star 53 Leonis.
Contrary to my expectations M 95 and M 96 appear paler than the two other.
Especially M 95 was a difficult object. At 21x it could only be guessed with
averted vision and with 59x it was still faint. Only a little clearer appeared
M 96 as a roundish patch.
Therefore my surprise was the greater as I spotted M 105. It was quite easy to
see and next to it I glimpsed another patch of similar brightness. Later I
identified it as NGC 3384. This last galaxy wasn't in my planning at all.
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