(IAAC) Objects: M95/M96 (Galaxies-Leo) INST: 16" f/4.59 Newt.

Observer:  Todd Gross
Your skill:  Intermediate 
Date and UT of observation: 12/3/97
Location & latitude: 22 miles west of Boston, Ma. 42.3N
Site classification: Suburban
Limiting magnitude (visual): 5.3 (estimated) 5.1 (est) in vicinity of object
Seeing (1 to 10 - worst-best):  4-5
Moon up (phase?): No
Weather: Clear
Instrument: 16" Newtonian-dob w. 96/99% coatings f/4.59
Magnifications: 69x,124x,267x
Filters used: none
Object:  M95, M96 Galaxies 
Constellation: Leo
Object data: Area of: RA 10:45 DEC+11:45  Mag.(both) 9.5 Size: 7.5'x5.1'(both)
Personal "rating" (at this aperture):  C+

M95: Looked mostly round and uninteresting, although somewhat elongated
with averted vision.... also, brighter towards core. Did not 
see central bar (wasn't looking for it)

M96: Nearby M95, looked larger and more pronounced to me... also more
Oval shaped haze of nebulosity oriented mostly E-W with a very slight hint
of a dark 
lane near the south side. Bright, tight little oval core.