M96 rom BMV Observatories
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
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M96 (NGC 3368) is a magnitude 9.2 spiral galaxy in Leo. It has an apparent size of 6 x 4 arc minutes, and is estimated to be 38 million light years away. It is the brightest member of the Leo I group (also called the M96 group) of galaxies.

Imaging data:
Date: March 21,22,23 2009
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Meade LX200R-14 at f/7.9 28llmm
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera/Filters: Apogee Alta U8300 FLI CFW-2-7 FLI Filters
Guiding: Orion Starshoot Autoguider in NP101
Exposure: Luminance: 27x5 minutes binned 2x2, R:13x5 min G:13x4 min B:14x6 min all binned 3x3 for a total of 5.6 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing using Photoshop.