M95 M96 wide field

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Clic here for 50% size 1956x1271 (358 kB)


About this Image

This wide field image shows a big bow of galaxies in Leo, containing 3 Messier objects (M95, M96 (barred spirals at right), and M105 (elliptical, bottom center), plus a larger number of fainter galaxies (including NGCs 3367, 3377, 3384, 3412 as well as UGC 5889 and UGC 5832. The spiral galaxy NGC 3338 and the Sc galaxy NGC 3389, which are in the same field are background galaxies at approx 50-60 million light years distance, whereas the members of the Leo I group are approx 30-40 million light years distant.

The reflection from the right side are from the 1.7 degree distant -2.3m Jupiter. Again a lot of background galaxies visible too, a collection of the brightest galaxies is shown in the image below in 100% size.


Technical Details


105mm TMB refractor with flattener at f/6.5

Mount MK-100 GEM
Camera SBIG STL-11000M at -23C, 1x1 bin, internal filter wheel
Filters Astronomik LRGB
Date 21 Apr 2004.
Location Wildon/Austria
Sky Conditions mag 5-5.5 sky, bad seeing, temperature 8 C
Exposure L:R:G:B = 150:30:30:30 minutes (10-minute sub-exposures),
Processing Image aquisition in CCDsoft; Image calibration, aligning, min-max-excluded average stacking, color synthesis, DDP in ImagesPlus;
color balance, curves in Photoshop; size 19/30/50%; north is left;