M96

Observed:  Points: 10

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General Info

TypeSpiral Galaxy
ConstellationLeo
Right ascension10h46'45.900''
Declination+11°49'25''
Magnitude9.200
Distance38,000,000ly
Size6 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC3368, M96
Discovered 1781 Pierre Mechain

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M96

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
20 points

Yet another faint smudge in the eyepiece, like a ship on the sea behind heavy fog. Leo is very, very rich in galaxies!

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