M104 - The Sombrero Galaxy

M104 is an edge-on galaxy about 29 million light years from earth.  It is found in the constellation of Virgo and has a distinct dark lane across its middle.  What makes it a good astrophotography target is the size of the galaxy and its appearance, which resembles a sombrero.  This photograph was taken using a modified Canon T3i set at ISO 800 and a six-inch F-5 reflector.  The resultant image is a stack of four five-minute exposures:




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