Object  M 104 The Sombrero Galaxy

M 104 is an 8th magnitude spiral galaxy in the constellation of Virgo. Seen edge on it is popularly know as the Sombrero Hat.                                        This galaxy is not in the Virgo cluster, it lies closer at around 35 million L.y. away.

Date 16& 21/ 2/ 05
Location BayTop Observatory- Streaky Bay South Australia
Instrument Vixen VC200L working @ f4.7 with Hm made focal reducer
Mount Vixen 'GPDX' controlled by a Mel Bartels Goto System
Camera (CCD) Starlight Xpress HX516 monochrome with Hm, made filter slider
Exposures L: 150' R: 40' G: 40' B:40' (5' sub exposures all unbinned)     Dark frames removed.
Guiding  Sky Watcher-f5 ST Refractor & a Meade LPI imager attached with main scope on a home made accessory plate.
Filters Astronomik Type 2  clear from CL.RGB set
Notes/ Conditions

 Conditions- Luminance frames were taken on the 16th as I finished off some colour on another galaxy. Moon had finally set., conditions had improved more than at the start of the night. Conditions on the 21st with moon @ 88% phase for the colour channels were quite good with a slight dew and seeing good. Due to moon, colours are a little muted.