Messier 104 (M 104)

Introduction | Map | Sketch | Find/Identify | My Own Photos | My Own Observations | References

On this page I collect my observations of the spiral galaxy M 104, because of its shape, also called Sombrero Galaxy, in the constellation Virgo.

 

Introduction

The spiral galaxy M 104 in the constellation Virgo is, because of its shape, also called Sombrero Galaxy. In a telescope it can, according to Karkoschka, be recognized - which I can confirm (but no details...). In the eVscope, its shape is clearly visible.

Size: 7' x 2' (Stoyan)
Distance: 50,000,000 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: *** (Stoyan)

 

Map

The spiral galaxy M 104 in the constellation Virgo (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

Sketch

The sketch by Michael Vlasov (DeepSkyWatch.com) provides a rough impression of what I observed (my impression was much fainter than the sketch): Sombrero Galaxy (Messier 104) by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016)

Note: I only have the author's permission to link to the sketch.

 

Find/Identify

Find: The Sombrero Galaxy M 104 is located to the West (right) of the star Spica, which is the most conspicuous star in constellation Virgo.

Identify: If the Sombrero Galaxy M 104 in the constellation Virgo was found in the above way, it is also identified, because it stands relatively alone and also has a typical appearance (if this is recognizable...). (Image Courtesy of SkySafari Astronomy, www.simulationcurriculum.com)

 

My Own Photos

eVscope

         

M 104 - Mar 17, 2020

 

M 104 - Mar 17, 2020, processed

 
         

M 104 - Mar 17, 2020

 

M 104 - Mar 17, 2020, processed

 
         

M 104 - Apr 22, 2020

 

M 104 - Apr 22, 2020, processed

 
         

M 104 - May 15, 2020

 

M 104 - May 15, 2020, processed

 

 

My Own Observations

Observations May 2017

Observations March to May 2020

 

References

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