How To Find Messier 95

How To Find Messier 95

Messier 95 The VLT goes lion hunting.jpg

Messier 95 is a barred spiral galaxy found 38 million light years away. It was discovered by Mechain in March 1781. It is the southernmost galaxy when viewing M95 and M96 together. These are faint galaxies and require good dark skies and a new moon night to have a good chance of seeing them. This galaxy demonstrated a Type II supernova recently in March 2012.

Image by: ESO

Telescopic Image to Scale:

Messier 95

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

Other Names:

Messier 95

NGC 3351

M 95

UGC 5850


Magnitude = 9.7

Surface brightness = 13.5

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 spiral galaxy officially resides in the Leo Constellation. It's co-ordinates are: RA 08h 54m 52.72 DEC +21° 01′ 47.4″ if you are using guiding software. The image below shows its location in the crosshairs.

How to find Messier 95

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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