M104 Sombrero galaxy 20"

31 December 1969

M104 Sombrero galaxy 20"

A simply stunning object found away from the crowd low down in Virgo. The dust lane has few rivals in the night sky making this a very popular target for visual observer and CCD imagers. Trying to capture just some of its magic in a sketch I found difficult and this is the second attempt the first went in the bin! Capturing the saucer or Sombrero curve is important as is the radiating haze or glow. I made the sketch using the 505mm Newtonian and old Watec 120N video camera just as dawn was breaking on Feb 3rd 2011. North is up.

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