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M 104   EL SOMBRERO GALAXY

Virgo

 (ra: 12:40,0/ dec -11:37)

 

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DATA

TYPE: Spiral Galaxy

VISUAL MAGNITUDE: 8.4

SIZE: 8.9 arc minutes

DISTANCE 50 Million light years

OBJECT DESCRIPTION

The Sombrero Galaxy is named after is appearance with the Mexican Hat. M104 is equivalent at 800 billion of solar masses. It gathers a super massive black hole in its nucleus containing 1 billion of solar masses. Black holes of this type are usually found in Galaxies that have very active cores. However the energy out flow of M104 is less than expected, presumably because the interaction of the mentioned black hole with the galactic disc.

IMAGE INFORMATION

 

SCOPE: Celestron C8 (SCT) Vixen GPDX Mount. Sky Sensor 2000

SKY CONDITIONS: VISUAL MAGNITUDE 4

CAMERA: Starlight Xpress SXVF H9 @f 6.3

FILTERS: Astronomik Type II for RGB / IDAS LPS II for Luminance

EXPOSURES: LRGB (40,12,12,12)

IMAGE ACQUISITION: Astro Art 3.0 CCD Control Interface 3.7 Plug in

PROCESSED: Calibration RL Deconvolution in Images Plus. No Darks removed. Photoshop CS.

 

 


 

 

M 104   EL SOMBRERO GALAXY

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