M 104 - The Sombrero Galaxy

Celestron C14 @ f/11, Canon 20Da camera and Paramount ME
Manchester, Michigan - 06/01/2008
Exposure times: 6 x 10 min.
Total Exposure Time: 1 Hr.
The images were stacked using Deep Sky Stacker
Processed using Photoshop cs2 and Noiseware.

The Sombrero Galaxy (also known as M104 or NGC 4594) is an unbarred spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It has a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk. The dark dust lane and the bulge give this galaxy the appearance of a sombrero. The galaxy has an apparent magnitude of 9.0, making it a galaxy that can easily be seen with amateur telescopes. The large bulge, the central supermassive black hole, and the dust lane all attract the attention of professional astronomers.

Imaged by: Jeff Thrush