M1040 - The Sombrero Galaxy - 1/3/2009
Image Capture Details

Optics:  Meade LX200 14 GPS @ F/2 HyperStar
Mount: Meade
Camera: QHY8
Filters: Astronomik LPS
Exposure:  36X 60 Seconds = 36 Minutes
Time: 11:04 PM - 1:15AM EST
Location: Waldwick, NJ
© 2009 David A. Trapani
MetropolitanSkies.com
All Rights Reserved
Click image for
higher resolution
About This Photograph

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.

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sombrero_Galaxy