Hemisphere:  Southern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  M 104  ·  NGC 4594  ·  Sombrero Galaxy
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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sidereal Trading/Klaus Helmerichs carbon fibre 10"F4 Newtonian

Imaging cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Off Axis Guider

Mounts: Takahashi NJP Temma-2

Software: Sky Safari Pro  ·  PHD GUIDING  ·  Nebulosity 4  ·  Nik Software, Inc. Nik Filters

Filters: Astrodon L Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2 Astrodon Luminance Tru-Balance  ·  Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2 Red filter  ·  Astrodon Tru-Balance E-Series Green 50mm Green Filter  ·  Astrodon Tru-Balance E-Series Blue 36mm Blue Filter

Accessory: Kendrick Standard Dual Channel Controller



Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4485105

RA center: 12h 39' 16"

DEC center: -11° 35' 24"

Pixel scale: 0.667 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 33.456 degrees

Field radius: 0.573 degrees


Resolution: 3706x4950

Locations: Snake Valley Astrocamp, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Data source: Traveller

Description

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)

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