M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy

Posted by CraigAndTammy
on Saturday, April 11, 2009

by Craig and Tammy Temple


M104 is a nearly edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Virgo. It is called the Sombrero Galaxy because of it's dark lane and unusual central bulge. This image is a little more than 2.5 hours total integration time. Due to M104's location (low in the SE to SSE), we had to start off with shorter exposures and increase as the night progressed. The temperature was about 50° F.

  • Celestron C8 SCT with Celestron f/6.3 FR/FF on Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD
  • Guided with SSAG on Orion ED80 using PHD
  • Canon 350D (self-modified) w/Astronomik EOS Clip IR filter + 2" Hutech IDAS LPS filter
  • Best 22/30 120s @ ISO 1600 + Best 23/24 150s @ ISO 1600 + 20 180s @ ISO 1600
  • Dark/Sky flat/Bias calibration
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