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Contains:  Sombrero galaxy, M 104, NGC 4594
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The Amazing Sombrero Galaxy - M104

Technical card

Resolution: 3054x4079

Dates:March 9, 2019

Astrodon L Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2 Astrodon Luminance Tru-Balance: 24x300"
Astrodon Tru-Balance E-Series Blue 36mm Blue Filter: 20x180"
Astrodon Tru-Balance E-Series Green 50mm Green Filter: 20x180"
Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2 Red filter: 20x180"

Integration: 5.0 hours

Avg. Moon age: 2.59 days

Avg. Moon phase: 7.39% job: 2706133

RA center: 189.817 degrees

DEC center: -11.590 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.812 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 33.443 degrees

Field radius: 0.575 degrees

Locations: Snake Valley Astrocamp, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Data source: Traveller


28,000,000 light Years Distant!
This amazing galaxy has long been on my bucket list.

Looks like a UFO being chased by stormtroopers – “Pew Pew Pew”, as the three stars to the upper right look like laser bursts… well to me anyway!

M104 from dark site in Country Victoria, Australia.
5 hrs LUM & RGB Data in 3-5 min subs

Processed using Astro Pixel Processor & Photoshop CC 2019

The striking spiral galaxy M104 is famous for its nearly edge-on profile featuring a broad ring of obscuring dust lanes. Seen in silhouette against an extensive bulge of stars, the swath of cosmic dust lends a broad brimmed hat-like appearance to the galaxy suggesting the more popular moniker, The Sombrero Galaxy.

M104 has a bright central bulge when viewed with ground-based instruments. Also known as NGC 4594, the Sombrero galaxy can be seen across the spectrum and is thought to host a central supermassive black hole. About 50,000 light-years across and 28 million light-years away, M104 is one of the largest galaxies at the southern edge of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. (text >Apod)



Andys Astro
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Reprocessed in App using Drizzle and Dynamic Distortion Correction = even better result!


Redid LUM for better overall contrast & sharpness

Sky plot

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The Amazing Sombrero Galaxy - M104, 


            Andys Astro