Sombrero Galaxy M104

Sombrero Galaxy M104

The Sombrero Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in Virgo viewed almost edge on. It features a prominent dust lane and halo of stars suggestive of its namesake. It's only 9x4 arc minutes in apparent size, so it is a bit of a stretch for my focal length of 250 mm. Transparency was poor Friday night with high thin clouds and dust in Fort Davis. Imaging time was limited to just over two hours, 25 five minute exposures starting 2022-04-30 05:48 UT. Imaged with a William Optics RedCat 250/51mm telescope, Baader UV/IR cut filter, ZWO ASI 533 MC camera, and SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5 mount, ASI EAF and guide camera. All were controlled with a ZWO ASIAir Plus Controller. Processed with BlurXTerminator, NoiseXTerminator, and StarXTerminator plugins in Pixinsight. Final crop and exposure adjustment in Photoshop.

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Date Taken: 2022-04-30




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