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On this page I collect my observations of the galaxy M 104, because of its shape, also called Sombrero Galaxy, in the constellation Virgo.
The 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...).
Size: 7' x 2' (Stoyan)
Distance: 50,000,000 light years (Stoyan)
Rating: *** (Stoyan)
The galaxy M 104 in the constellation Virgo
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.
I approached M 104 in Mühlhausen / Kraichgau in mid-May 2017 with the Sky-Watcher Explorer 150PDS on the GoTo mount.