M104: Sombrero Galaxy in Virgo



Object Data

Object type: Galaxy
Size: 50,000 ly in diameter
Magnitude: 9
Constellation: Virgo
Distance: 29 million light years

A bright edge-on spiral galaxy, M104 is relatively small just 30% of the size of our Milky Way.  However, it is one of the most massive objects in the Virgo cluster.

Exposure Data

Date: 02/04/22
Location: Little Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA
Telescope: DSI RC10c; fl 1867mm at f/7.3
Camera: FLI 6303e with Astrodon LRGB filters
Mount: AP1100 GTO3
Exposure time: 15 x 10 min of Lum, 14 x 5 min red, 12 x 5 min green, 10 x 5min blue
Exposure time total: 5.5 hrs

Cropped. FOV =  21.5 x 27 arcmin,  Image Scale = 0.99 "/pixel



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