Named the Sombrero Galaxy for it's hat-like resemblance, M104 features a prominent dust lane, a brilliant white core and a very bright halo of stars. Within the center of this galaxy lies a massive black hole. This galaxy is estimated to be 50,000 light years across and 28 million light years from earth. It is also moving away from earth faster than most celestial objects at the rate of 1000 kilometers per second.


Exposure: Vixen VC200L 1280mm f/6.4, Atik 460EX, L:R:G:B = 240:60:60:60 (RGB bin 2x2) - Total exposure 7.0h.

OTA:  Vixen VC200L

Camera:  Atik 460ex w/EFW2 filter wheel

Filters:  Astrodon LRGB

Mount:  CGEM DX

Exposure:  L:R:G:B    240:60:60:60 (m)  rgb bin 2x2

Data obtained:  May 2014

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory