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Messier 104
Object Information:

Messier 104 - The Sombrero Galaxy

Messier 104, NGC 4594

Messier 104 is also commonly known as The Sombrero Galaxy. This spiral galaxy is estimated to be about 50 million light years distant and is seen nearly edge on from our perspective. The Sombrero Galaxy is well known for its distinct dark rim of obscuring dust.

More information on this interesting object can be found at the SEDS Messier 104 page.

Image date:

February 13, 14, 2010

Exposure Information:

Luminance - a series of seventeen 8 minute exposures for a total exposure time of 2 hours and 16 minutes.
RGB data - five 8 minute sub exposures for each color channel binned at 2x2.

Imaged at:

Shelter Valley, San Diego County, California

Equipment:

Optics - RC Optical Systems 10" Ritchey-Chretien at f/9
Mount - Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera - SBIG ST-10XME