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).
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