M104, The Sombrero Galaxy, 



    
        

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M104, The Sombrero Galaxy

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Meade LX200 10" f6.3 Classic
Imaging Cameras
Mallincam Hyper Plus
Mounts
Meade Super wedge
Accessories
Celestron f/6.3 FR/FF
Software
PHD guiding · Miloslick (Mallincam Control for Mac)
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Sky-Watcher 8x50mm Finder/Guider
Guiding Cameras
Orion Starshoot Autoguider

Acquisition details

Dates:
April 14, 2012
Frames:
1x56" (56")
Integration:
56"
Avg. Moon age:
23.20 days
Avg. Moon phase:
38.92%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 152006

Resolution: 620x545

Locations: Driveway Observatory, Springfield, MO, United States

Description

The Sombrero Galaxy (also known as M104 or NGC 4594) is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo located 28 million light years from Earth. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk. The dark dust 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. But Spitzer found that halo around the Sombrero Galaxy is larger and more massive than previously thought, indicative of a giant elliptical galaxy. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of +9.0, making it easily visible with amateur telescopes. The large bulge, the central supermassive black hole, and the dust lane all attract the attention of professional astronomers.

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M104, The Sombrero Galaxy, 



    
        

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