M104 - Sombrero Galaxy - 180322

The Sombrero Galaxy (Messier/M104 or NGC 4594) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It has a dark, prominennt dust lane around its inclined disk and a large central bulge giving it the appearance of a sombrero. It is located approximately 31,100,000 light years from Earth and has a diameter of approximately 50,000 light-years, making it 30% of the size of the Milky Way. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of +8.0, making it easily visible with amateur telescopes in dark skies.

This image is a DSS stack of 35 ten-minute frames captured with my QHY247C at default deep sky gain settings on my 11" Edge HD. The image was processed by going back and forth between PixInsight and Photoshop.


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   Right Ascension: 12h 39m 59.579s (189° 59m 53.685s)
   Declination: -11° 37m 30.835s
Orientation: Up is 0.8 degrees East of North.
Image Size: 18.255' x 12.191' Pixel Scale: 0.288"


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