Mayhill Observatory, New Mexico (USA) remotly controllede from Italy
To discover a supernova is always a difficult task. But a supernova discovery in a nearby Messier galaxy is a rare and more interesting.
SN 2012aw exploed on March 16, 2012 in the barred spiral galaxy M95, in the Leo constellation. The first image of this supernova was taken on March 16 at 20:23 (UT) at the Col Drusciè Observatory (Cortina d'Ampezzo – Italy).
M95 and the new supernova are visible in the sky separated by about one degree from the planet Mars.
It is easy to find SN 2012aw and M95 also with small telescopes and take "family" pictures of all these three celestial objects.
This pictrure was taken on March 24 with a Takahashi FSO 0.1-m f/5.0 astrograph + CCD SBIG ST8300C at Mayhill Observatory, New Mexico.