(IAAC) Obj: M105 (NGC 3379) and NGC 3384/89 - Inst: 8" F/6 Dobsonian


Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 4/18/1999  21.35 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52.09N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 5.0 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" F/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M105 (NGC 3379) and NGC 3384/89
Category: Group of galaxies.
Class: E1
Constellation: Leo
Data: mag 9.3  size 4'.5 x 4'.0
Position: RA 10:48  DEC +12:35
M105 is the brightest of the three Messier galaxies in this region. It has a
very bright center and a large and pretty bright outer halo. As with most
elliptical galaxies, M105 shows no details.

In the same field with M105 are the galaxies NGC 3384 and NGC 3389.

NGC 3384 is a bright elliptical galaxy with a bright nucleus and although it is
classified as a E7 it appears round in the eyepiece. NGC 3389 is very faint
and was suspected most of the time but firmly seen only during brief moments.

There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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