M104 Sombrero Galaxy

M104 Sombrero Galaxy

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800 Billion Suns in a Hat The edge on spiral galaxy M104 floats majestically among a rich swarm of galactic companions in the constellation Virgo. Its glow is easily seen in a three inch scope. Through a five inch refractor one can see its abruptly brighter nucleus faintly bisected by a dark lane. But with accumulated photons through long CCD exposures, M104 the Sombrero galaxy reveals a new level of magnificence as it wears an extended dusty halo with an estimated 800 billion suns bulging from its hat!

Coordinates       :

Virgo12h 40' -11deg 40'

Date Imaged       :

May 18 – 21, 2007

Lens       :

Astrophysics 5" f/8 Starfire

Camera       :

Atik 16HR, Astronomik filters

Exposure       :

LRGB = 120:60:60:20 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines