|Galaxies M95, M96, M105, and Supernova 2012aw in Leo
Galaxies M95, M96, and M105 are a group of galaxies within the Leo I group of galaxies 38 million light years away. All were discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1781, and
were added to Charles Messier's famous catalog. M95 (left) is a "barred" spiral galaxy, with a bar shape at its core, and discrete spiral arms. Supernova SN2012aw, just 6
days old in the photo below and 28 days old in the image above, can be seen on the left side of M95 (arrow appears with cursor over image). M96 (center) is a slightly
brighter spiral galaxy. M105 (right) is the larger of 2 elliptical galaxies. Its smaller companion to its right is NGC 3371. Just above this pair is the smaller spiral galaxy NGC
3389. Faint red streaks at the bottom of the image below is glare from nearby Mars, just outside of the image area.
The image above is a 3-frame mosaic with each frame combining 28 minutes each of red, green, and blue exposures, binned 2x2 with a QSI583 camera through a 12"
Astro-Physics Riccardi Honders astrograph. The image below combined 45 minutes red, 55 minutes green, and 60 minutes blue exposures with an ST10XME camera through
a Takahashi Sky90 refractor. The image at the bottom of the page combined 70 minutes luminance exposures using a clear filter with 45 minutes each of red, green, and blue
exposures with the same ST10XME camera through a TEC 140mm refractor at my private observatory.
The noctural serenity at my secluded observatory "fills up my senses" during a "night in the forest" as I image from the "mountains in springtime".
Music: Annie's Song, John Denver