Date Taken: 4/12/2010
Equipment: 12.5" PlaneWave Telescope with Apogee camera;
Exposures: LRGB at 12 minutes each. Processing: MaximDL and Photoshop
Sombraro Galaxy is approximately 29.3 million light years away. Sombrero (also known as M 104 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 easily visible with amateur telescopes. The large bulge, the central supermassive black hole, and the dust lane all attract the attention of professional astronomers.