Description

The title should actually be M96 & M95, as M96 is the left galaxy and M95 is the right galaxy.
M95 is a barred spiral galaxy, M96 is categorized as a double-barred spiral galaxy.

Above widefield image shows not only Messier 95 and Messier 96, but also galaxies NGC3889, NGC3384 and M105 (clockwise starting topleft).

The galaxies can be found in the constellation Leo, and they lie at a distance of 38 million light years (M95) and 31 million light years (M96).
A type Ia supernova explosion was observed in M96 in May 1998
In March 2012, a supernova was discovered in M95.

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Image data

Object info
Name M95 & M96
Type Barred spiral galaxy (both)
Constellation Leo
Right ascension 10h 43m 58s (M95)
Declination +11° 42′ 14″ (M95)
Distance 38 Mly (M95) 31 Mly (M96)
Other designations NGC3351, UGC5850, PGC32007 and NGC3368, UGC5882, PGC32192
Image info
Image date Mar. 04, 2010
Light frames 16x 5 min. IDAS LPS-P2 unbinned
Total integration 1h 20m
Dark frames 6x
Flat frames 20x p. filter unbinned. Created with an A3 size Posterpoweruk flatfield panel
Bias frames 6x
Software used CCDOps, CCDSoft, ImagesPlus, PixInsight LE, Photoshop CS2
Processing CCDOPS was used for focussing. Image Acquisition was done using CCDSoft.
All separate frames were calibrated, aligned and stacked in ImagesPlus 2.8.
Photoshop CS2 was used for further processing – curves adjustment, levels adjustment, etc.
Noel Carboni’s toolset was used as well (Local Contrast Enhancement, Deep Space Noise Reduction)
Equipment info
Telescope TMB/LOMO 80/480
Corrector Televue 2″ TRF 2008 flattener/reducer (FL: 384mm f/4.8)
Mount Losmandy G-11
Camera SBIG ST-8300M
Guide camera Atik 1HS Mono
Guide scope Vixen VMC110L
Autoguide software Guidemaster
Filters 2″ IDAS LPS-P2
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
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