M104 - Sombrero Galaxy

 

M 104 (also designated as NGC 4594) is commonly know as the Sombrero Galaxy due to its prominent dust lane and large central bulge. It is located 28 million light years away in the constellation of Virgo, the virgin. It was discoved by Pierre Mechain in 1784 and is one of the most massive galaxies in the Virgo cluster as it contains 800 billion stars.

 

Telescope: 8 in. Astro-Tech R-C
Camera: Modified Canon T4i (650D); ISO 3200
Mount: Orion Atlas
Guiding: QHY 5L-II on 60mm guide scope
Exposures: 24 @ 5 min.
Notes: Images were captured, aligned, and combined with ImagesPlus. The composite image was adjusted (and cropped) in Photoshop. Topaz DeNoise and Detail were applied.
Shot from by driveway in southeastern Minnesota on 5/7-8/2021
   
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