M 104 ( Sombrero Galaxy)

M 104 (140)

M 104 ( Sombrero Galaxy)

A giant elliptical galaxy in Virgo that has a bright nucleus and an unusually large central bulge with a prominent dust lane, at a distance of 30 MLY.

M104 has a relatively large number of globular clusters, 1200 – 200, compared to 150 for the milky way.

Telescope.  16 inch F4.5 Newtonian.

Camera.  S Big ST 4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure & Time. 12 x 900 sec.  Apr 2012.

Location. (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.