Elliptical galaxy in Leo

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Messier 105 is the round galaxy on the right. To its upper left is the much more elongated elliptical galaxy NGC 3384. The third bright galaxy in this image, on the left, is spiral galaxy NGC 3389. Several smaller and dimmer galaxies are also visible (and they are easier to see in the larger image).

Magnitude 9.3
Apparent Size 5' x 4'
Distance (light yrs) 26 million
Right Ascension 10:47.8
Declination +12 35
Field of View 35' x 27'

Image details:  Exposure times of 30 minutes luminance and 15 minutes each of red, green and blue, taken with an SBIG ST-8300M imager and a 12" Meade telescope at f/5.6.

March 2012

Lower image: 27 images, each 300 seconds at ISI 1600, taken with a Canon 400D camera through a Meade 12" telescope at f/6.7.

April 2011