M96 in Leo

 

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Description: M96, along with M95 and M105, form the "other trio in Leo".
 
Exposure Data: 3/3/2005.  CRGB: 18x10m, 18x10m, 18x10m, 18x10m.  RGB 2x2. -25C, 0.55 arc-sec./pixel.
 
Processing: Acquired via CCDAutoPilot 3 and CCDSoft, reduced, aligned and combined in CCDStack, curves, levels and other processing in Photoshop.
 
Optical System: 14.5 Ritchey-Chretien @ F/9 w/FFC, IMG6303E/CFW-7 CCD camera, AstroDon filters, Paramount ME, dithered 3 pixels, off-axis guided.
Comments: Luminance was 2.2 arc-sec.