Spiral Galaxy M104 (NGC 4594) The "Sombrero" galaxy, type Sa, in Virgo

Right Ascension = 12h 40m 0.8s (h:m:s), Declination = +11� 37' 00" (deg:m:s)
Magnitude = 8.0, Size = 9 x 4 (arc minutes), Distance = 50000 (kly)

Spiral Galaxy M104 (NGC 4594), type Sa, in Virgo. Also known as The Sombrero galaxy for its shape.
North is upper left, this image is full resolution cropped to fit 800 x 600 screen.

Optics: Takahashi FS-102 @f8 refractor
Adapter: none
Date: 04/18/2006 Time: 07:15:00 UTC
Exposure: 300 seconds each Lum x4, R x 4, G x 5, B x 4
Filter: SBIG CFW8-A, Clear, R, G, B
Resolution: Lum = 1600x1200 and RGB = 800 x 600, Binned 2x2)
Guiding: SBIG ST-2000XM with internal TC-237 guider
Acquisition: SBIG ST-2000XM camera
Mount: Losmandy G-11 with Gemini GOTO
Software: SBIG CCDOPS ver 5.41B6NT, Aligned and Combined in CCDSoft v5.00.170 PhotoShop v6 Levels and RGB + Lum mix.
notes: Autodark added to each image.

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© , 2006
Last edited:9/4/2006, by Don Lewis, Wye Mountain Observatory