M 104 is an easy star hop west of Spica and is a striking Messier galaxy to visually behold. The “Sombrero Galaxy” lies along the border of Virgo and Corvus and glows at a relatively bright magnitude 8.5. Its edge-on perspective presents a nice view of its prominent dark dust lane. The extremely bright nucleus is believed to harbor a super massive black hole. Its large and symmetrical bulging halo is populated by numerous globular clusters.
Date Imaged :
April 20, 2012
N16 f/8.1 with Keller Barlow-corrector
LRGB 15:3:3:4 x 10 minutes
Stardust Observatory, Baguio