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Contains:  M 96, NGC 3368
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M96 in Leo, 


M96 in Leo

M96 in Leo

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Celestron C11 Celestron

Mount:CGEM Celestron

Guiding telescope or lens:80mm EON Orion

Focal reducer:6.3 reducer Celestron

Software:photoshopDeep Sky StackerNoel's Tools

Resolution: 800x539

Dates:May 2, 2011

Frames: 26x90"

Integration: 0.7 hours

Avg. Moon age: 28.80 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.60% job: 631077

RA center: 161.687 degrees

DEC center: 11.785 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.216 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -118.537 degrees

Field radius: 0.297 degrees

Locations: Leesburg home, Leesburg , Florida, United States


Messier 96 (also known as NGC3368) is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 31 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781. M96 is the brightest galaxy within the M96 Group, a group of galaxies in the constellation Leo also includes the Messier objects M95 and M105, as well as at least nine other galaxies. The M96 galaxy has asymmetric arms and a displaced core, probably caused by the gravitational pull by the other nearby galaxies. This classy galaxy was first discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781 and cataloged by Charles Messier 4 days later on March 24, 1781. He writes: “Nebula without star, in the Lion [Leo], near the preceding [No. 95]: this one is less distinct, both are on the same parallel of Regulus: they resemble the two nebulae in the Virgin [Virgo], Nos. 84 and 86. M. Mechain saw them both on March 20, 1781..” On March 11, 1784, Sir William Herschel would also note it: “A fine, bright nebula, much like the former [M95], but the brightest part in the middle is more jopined to the nebulosity than in the former, and the bright part is rather longer, tho’ not quite so vivid as in the former. It may still be called cosmetic, tho’ it begins to depart a little from that kind..”



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M96 in Leo,