M 96 (NGC 3368, UGC 5882) Galaxy in Leo

Located at: RA 10 hours 46 minutes 45 seconds, Dec +11 degrees 49 minutes 16 seconds

Size: 7.6' x 5.2' Magnitude: 10.1 blue Class: SAB(rs)ab

North is up

West to the right

Telescope:

 8" f5 Newtonian reflector

Camera:

 ST-8XME, self-guided, binned 1x1, temp -20c, camera control MaxIm DL 4.56

Image:

Lumicon Red filter, 520 minutes (52 x 10 minute subs), 04/16/17/18/19/2012; seeing 2.6-3.3 FWHM per CCDStack

Processing:

CCDStack 2.66.4490.32361, Photoshop CS5.1

Location:

 Rolling Roof Observatory, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 (+34d 13m 29s -118h 52m 20s)

Notes: M 96 is just 42 minutes NNE of M 95, and 49 minutes NNW of M 105 (group). See the 14.5" version.

From the NGC / IC Project:

Contemporary Visual Observation(s) for NGC 3368
NGC 3368 = M96 = U05882 = MCG +02-28-006 = CGCG 066-013 = PGC 32192
10 46 45.5 +11 49 18
V = 9.3;  Size 7.6x5.2;  SB = 13.1;  PA = 5d

17.5": very bright, fairly large, elongated NW-SE, 5'x3.5', small bright core, 
stellar nucleus.  Brightest in the Leo group with M95 40' WSW.

13": very bright, small bright nucleus.

8": bright, fairly large, slightly elongated.

- by Steve Gottlieb