M96 group of galaxies - M95, M96, M105, NGC 3384, NGC 3389  (object locations described in "Notes" below)        (image above is reduced-size | other sizes:  medium , original)

Distance:  38 million light years (to both M95 and M96)

Telescope Takahashi FS-60C @ f/6.2
Mount Takahashi EM200 Temma II
Camera QSI 540wsg @ -15C
Filters Astrodon Tru-Balance I-Series LRGB Gen 2
Guider SX Lodestar
Settings 17x10min Lum (bin1x1); 4x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); AstroArt5, CS4 (slightly cropped, 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias)

11 February 2016 - Las Cruces, NM

Published as Astronomy Magazine Picture of the Day, 7 Dec 18 (screenshot).  On Twitter: TWITTER

This is an LRGB image. Starting at lower right side is M95 - to the left some "distance" and near horizontal center is M96 - moving about the same "distance" above and slightly left of M96 is a galaxy trio, with large galaxy M105 to the right side of this group - in the same group of three and moving counter-clockwise is NGC 3384 and finally smaller NGC 3389. In this image, there are actually at least 7 galaxies, but they are smaller in appearance. I also picked up 3 different asteroids during this imaging session, which are edited out (they normally appear as small dashes as the camera integrates and they move slowly through the field of view). More info on this galaxy group, here.

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