Object: Constellation: Coordinates: Size: Brightness:
Messier 95
(= NGC 3351)
Leo 10h44m / +11°42' 3.1' x 2.9' 9.8mag

The barred spiral galaxy Messier 95 (NGC 3351) in the constellation Leo on March 9 / 10, April 29 and May 4 / 5, 2016. Messier 95 is 33 million light-years from Earth and was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781 (source: Wikipedia).

Forty-six exposures of approximately 3 minutes at ISO 800 were stacked with no dark frame subtraction with Deep Sky Stacker (resulting in a 2 h 34 min exposure) and further processed in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).

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