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
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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