Deep Sky Object in Spring
Around M95, M96 (Galaxies in Leo)

Date & Time: M95: Nov 22 2003, from 27:59 to 28:20 JST(+0900)
M96: Dec 27 2003, from 26:36 to 26:56 JST(+0900)
Composed 3 shots with 8 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Location: Ooizumi vil., Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...12bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(3024×2016)
CCD Sensitivity...ISO1600, White Balance...Auto

M95 (NGC3351) / Galaxy, type SB(r)b II
R.A.10h 43m 57.9s (2000.0)
Dec.+11° 42' 15" (2000.0)
Apparent Size7.4×5.0'
Radial Velocity+1117km/s
Distance33 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesLeo I Group
Other IDsUGC5850, MCG2-28-1,
M96 (NGC3368) / Galaxy, type SAB(rs)ab II
R.A.10h 46m 45.2s (2000.0)
Dec.+11° 49' 16" (2000.0)
Apparent Size7.5×5.2'
Radial Velocity1237km/s
Distance34 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesLeo I Group
Other IDsUGC5882, MCG2-28-6,
This picture shows you two galaxies of M95 (right) and M96 (left) positioned between forelegs and hind legs of Leo. M95 is a spiral galaxy with a visual diameter of 5 arc minutes, arms are coiled up around the nucleus. M96 is also a spiral with almost same size as M95, you can detect two undeveloped arms stretching in east-west direction. Both galaxies are lying about 33 millions light years away, forming a small-scaled galactic cluster with neighbored dimmed galaxies.

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