(IAAC) Obj: M 95, NGC 3351 - Inst: 40" f/5 dob

Observer: Mark G.Birkmann
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 1/25/01
Location of site: New Haven, Missouri (Lat ~38, Elev ~700 feet)
Site classification: Rural
Sky darkness: 6 <1-10 Scale (10 best)>
Seeing: 4 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 40" f/5 dob
Magnification: 204x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M 95, NGC 3351
Category: External galaxy.
Class: SBb
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 10.5b  size 7.5 x 5.0
Position: RA 10:43m 57.8s  DEC +11:42' 14"
Description: This bright galaxy is easily found in central Leo.  It lies very
nearly in the middle of a triangle of three stars:  3.8 mag 47 Leo, 5.5 mag 52 
Leo, and 5.3 mag 53 Leo.  The core was brighter than the bar which was in turn 
brighter than the ring.  The ring was a subtle feature due to the glow of  the 
galaxy both inside and outside the ring.  The third star from the left does not 
show up on the dss image I downloaded.  I initially thought I had found a super 
nova or an asteroid.  But neither of these turned out to be the case.  A star 
does appear at this position in the USNO A2.0 catalogue but it is vmag ~19.6 so 
the object I saw is almost certainly nonexistent.  A drawing can be seen at 
Optional related URLs: http://www.fortunecity.com/greenfield/twyford/637/drawings.htm
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