28,000,000 light Years Distant!

This amazing galaxy has long been on my bucket list.

Looks like a UFO being chased by stormtroopers  – “Pew Pew Pew”, as the three stars to the upper right look like laser bursts… well to me anyway!

M104 from dark site in Country Victoria, Australia.
5 hrs LUM & RGB Data in 3-5 min subs

Processed using Astro Pixel Processor & Photoshop CC 2019

Honourable Mention 2019 CWAS David Malin Awards

Galaxy m104 Sombrero LRGB

Capture Details

TelescopeSidereal Trading Skywatcher 10" f4 CF Newtonian
Camera QSI WSG-8
MountTakahashi NJP
Guide CameraStarlight xpress Lodestar X2
FiltersAstrodon L, R, G & B
Date Mar, 2019
Exposures 20x180 secs (RG&B), 20x 300secs Lum
LocationSnake Valley, Vic - Australia

The striking spiral galaxy M104 is famous for its nearly edge-on profile featuring a broad ring of obscuring dust lanes. Seen in silhouette against an extensive bulge of stars, the swath of cosmic dust lends a broad-brimmed hat-like appearance to the galaxy suggesting the more popular moniker, The Sombrero Galaxy.  M104 has a bright central bulge when viewed with ground-based instruments. Also known as NGC 4594, the Sombrero galaxy can be seen across the spectrum and is thought to host a central supermassive black hole. About 50,000 light-years across and 28 million light-years away, M104 is one of the largest galaxies at the southern edge of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. (Apod)

“How can you look at the galaxy and not feel insignificant?”

- Ridley Scott