The Sombrero Galaxy.

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The Sombrero Galaxy.

Postby Aratus » Tue May 08, 2018 2:57 pm

This is the best season to bag galaxies, so I thought I would have a go at the 'Sombrero' in Virgo. (M104) I managed to tweak the mount to track slightly better. 11 x 45second exposures were stacked to give this image.
Image

I have viewed this galaxy previously as a 'fuzzy', but I've not tried to image it before. It is easily visible in a 4" telescope, and even in binoculars. What you tend to see then is the bright centre of the galaxy. It takes something a bit bigger to see anything of the disk. The main feature is that ring of dust which surrounds the galaxy. I could never detect it in my 8", but it is quite clear in the 11". However, the ring images quite well even in a smaller telescopes with long exposures. It is one of those objects were you can't quite believe what you are seeing!
I use an 11" Celestron SCT (CPC 1100) on an equatorial wedge, housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI1600MC and Canon 500D for imaging.
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