Sombrero Galaxy

M104, a spiral galaxy in Virgo.

Also known as NGC 4594, this galaxy is viewed approximately six degrees off its equatorial plane. It is well known for its intense dust lane, which gives it the appearance of a Mexican hat.


Exposure: 4 x 5 min  ISO 1000.
Gear: Skywatcher ED120 refractor, 840mm f/l, f/7, Canon EOS 60D. No filter, no flattener.
Location: The Oaks, NSW, on a Macarthur Astronomical Society field night (2017-07-20).


Messier 104
Visual magnitude: +8.2
Apparent diameter: 8.5 x 4.9 arc-min
Actual diameter: 70,000 light years
Distance: 28 million light years.

Image © R.Powell



  1. It must be very satisfying moment to make a great capture like this one.
    The viewing angle – edge-on, the overwhelming bright bulge, clearly visible dark dust lane.
    I am reading on the Net, Roger, “The dust disc is warped …”, fascinating…

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    1. I’ve yet to fully master my new telescope, Kazia – but it is already providing me with images far better than those I obtained before, so I am very happy with its performance.
      I am pleased that the image inspired you to investigate the object further.


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