How To Find Messier 105

How To Find Messier 105


Messier 105.jpg


Messier 105 is an elliptical galaxy found 32 million light years away. It was discovered by Mechain in March 1781 but wasn't included in the original Messier list. This bright galaxy has a core weighing the mass equivalent of 50 million solar masses and is known to contain a supermassive black hole.

Image by ESA/NASA

Telescopic Image to Scale:

Messier 105


This image is the size of a full moon for size comparison.


Other Names:

Messier 105

NGC 3379

M 105

UGC 5902


Brightness:

Magnitude = 9.3

Surface brightness = 12.8

Telescope Aperture City Suburbs Rural Dark Sky
4 inches 9 10 11 12.5
5 inches 9.5 10.5 11.5 13
6 inches 10 11 12 13.5
8 inches 10.5 11.5 12.5 14
10 inches 11 12 13 14.5


Use this chart to estimate if you can see the object from your location with your telescope. For more help on using this chart click here.


How to Find It:

This elliptical galaxy officially resides in the Leo Constellation. It's co-ordinates are: RA 08h 58m 30.49 DEC +22° 00′ 13.9″ if you are using guiding software. The image below shows its location in the crosshairs.

How to Find Messier 105


To find more space objects have a look at the constellation guide by clicking the link or go back to the list of deep space objects.



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