M105 = NGC3379 ( 10h 47.8m +1235, 9.3 mag. )


This elliptical galaxy in Leo was discovered by Mechain in March 1781. M105 is accompanied by NGC3384 (10 mag., on the upper edge) and NGC3389 (11.8 mag., off this field of view) spiral galaxies. At the distance of 26 million ly, they belong to Leo Group comprising also M65, M66, NGC3628, M95 and M96. M105 is visible in binoculars midway between 52 Leonis and 53 Leonis (see finder chart below).

The above CCD image of M105 was taken on December 20, 1998 from Sooke, BC with Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera on Ultima 8 f6.3 telescope autoguided with Cookbook 211 LDC CCD on piggybacked 500 mm f8 telephoto lens. White integrations (6 x 4 min.) were processed with AIP4WIN.

North is up.

For a wider-angle view see NGC3384 page.


Map created in Guide 7.0 - 745' x 745'. North is up.


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