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Sombrero Galaxy M104

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M104, the Sombrero Galaxy, is named for its appearance as a brimmed hat with the edge formed by the prominent dust lane.  This is a photogenic object (under darker skies than mine).  A bright moon was out for the earlier shot.  In both cases M104 was low in the southern sky.  We view this galaxy nearly edge-on since there's only a 6 degree tilt.  X-ray emissions show material falling into the compact core of the galaxy where a one-billion solar-mass resides.

 Sombrero Galaxy M104
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 Object Details:  
 Type:  Spiral Galaxy
 Constellation:  Virgo
 Distance:  50 million light-years
 Diameter:  130,000 light-years

 Image Details: 
 Scale: 215,000 x 159,000 light years  
 Date:  17-Feb-2013
 Site:  Harahan, LA
 Conditions:  Cold, Dry
 Exposure:  29 x 3min
 Filters:  IDAS LPS-V4 48mm
 Processing:  MSB Astroart 5.0
 Telescope:  8" Celeston EdgeHD f/10
 Image CCD:  SX SXVF-H9C
 Guide CCD:  SX  MX7C
 Guide Scope:  AT66ED / ScopeStuff TB2X


Image Details: 
 Date:  April 10, 2004
 Site:  Harahan, LA
 Exposure:  CCD, 5 x 5 min.
 Filters:  Orion SkyGlow LPR
 Processing:  MSB Astroart 3.0
 Telescope:  10" Meade LX200
 Reducer:  Meade, f/4.3
 CCD:  Starlight Express MX7C
 Autoguider:  S.T.A.R. 2000