Messier 96 (North Up, East Left)
Messier 96, also known as NGC 3368, is a galaxy with classification SBab in the constellation of Leo. It has a diameter of ~60,000 light years. The first two images comprise 10 x Luminance (90 seconds each) and 5 x Red, Green and Blue (120, 120 and 96 seconds each), 0.5m f/2.9 ASA Astrograph with FLI ML3200 camera at an altitude of 65 degrees on 25 February 2017. The fields of view of the images at the top and bottom are 32’ x 21’ and 18’ x 12’ respectively. The third and fourth images comprise 6 x Luminance (300 seconds each), 0.101m f/5.4 Tele Vue refractor with FLI ML16200 camera at an altitude of 70 degrees on 27 February 2017. The fields of view are 132’ x 132’ (2.2 degrees square) and 42’ x 42’, respectively. In the third image, additional galaxies are visible. Messier 95 lies to the west of Messier 96. To the north-northeat lie Messier 105 (Hersshel 197), NGC 3371 and NGC 3389.
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 26 May 2020