Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  M 104  ·  NGC 4594  ·  Sombrero galaxy
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The Sombrero Galaxy

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The Sombrero Galaxy

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: 8" SCT GT Series Celestron

Imaging cameras: 40D Canon

Mounts: CG5 Equatorial Celestron

Guiding telescopes or lenses: 80 mm Short Tube Refractor - Auto Guiding Orion

Guiding cameras: Star Shooter Autoguider Orion

Focal reducers: 6.3 Focal reducer Celestron

Software: 3.3.3 Beta 47, 3.82 and CS3 Deep Sky Stacker, Image Plus, Photoshop & Noel's Tools,


Dates:May 20, 2012

Frames: 8x60" (8') ISO3200

Integration: 8'

Avg. Moon age: 29.09 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.22%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.00


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 99491

RA center: 12h39m56s.6

DEC center: -11°3838

Pixel scale: 1.398 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -151.985 degrees

Field radius: 0.292 degrees


Resolution: 1195x910

Description

The Sombrero Galaxy is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo located 28 million light years from Earth. It has a bright nucleus, an usually central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk. The dark lane and the bulge give this galaxy the appearance of a sombrero. Astronomers initially thought that the halo was small and light, indicative of a spiral galaxy. It was found that halo around the Sombrero Galaxy is larger and more massive than previoussly thought, indicative of a gaint elliptical galaxy. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of +9.0, making it easily visible with amateur telescopes. It was discovered by Pierre Mechain in May of 1781.

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