Messier Objects

M105: Elliptical Galaxy (Leo) RA: 10h 47.8m / DEC: +12° 35'.0
Instrument: 10-inch Starfinder

M105 is an elliptical galaxy 48' north of M96 in Leo. If you begin your star hop at 5.5 magnitude 52 Leonis, slew 1.7 degrees south to M105. My drawing, based on an 82X view in my 10-inch Starfinder Newtonian, shows M105 as a 3' diameter light patch with a stellar core region. It's fairly bright at 9.2 magnitude. M105 shares the field with a pair of NGC galaxies. NGC 3384 is a 10.0 magnitude SO-type galaxy, 1'.5 in diameter and 7' east-northeast of M105. NGC 3389, 11.9 magnitude, is about 10' east-southeast of M105.

M104-Sombrero Galaxy M106


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