Sombrero galaxy: Shaped like a sombreo hat this spiral galaxy exhibits a tremendous dust band right in the middle and a huge halo around its bulge. This consists probably of many globular clusters and material which is expelled from the core. For a closer analysis of the galaxy structure in different spectral ranges and with different telescopes have a look here.

For an image with a 20" telescope click here.

Object Sombrero galaxy
Category Galaxies
Designation M 104
Constellation Virgo
Optics Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch f/10 x 0.65 Lumicon Giant Easy Guider
Mount LX 200 and Equatorial Superwedge
Camera Hutech modified Canon EOS 30D
Exposure 16 x ISO 800-5min, LPS filter
Calibration Dark and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro and TMB 80 as Guide Scope, Guiding Software PHD
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 21 March 2007
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