Messier 96

96 final

Object:   M96  (NGC 3368) Date:               2018 May 2
Type:  Spiral galaxy
Constellation:           Leo Time & altitude:        21.50 UT      45º
Catalogue data: Seeing (5 high):                               4/5
            R.A:                10h 47m Transparency (5 high):                   3/5
            Dec:                11º 49 Telescope:     0.5m f4.1  Dob.
            Magnitude     9.2 Eyepiece       8mm Ethos                x260
            Size (mins)    7 x 5 Filters:            None


A lot of moisture in the air. This galaxy is a 3:2 oval with the major axis running SSE‑NNW. The halo is grainy, not misty. There is a bright non-stellar core with a hard NE edge. This may be due to a dark lane. Apart from this there is no other suggestion of spiral structure.