December: Test shots with new scopes/mounts
Dec 21: TMB 80/480 Arrives!
Dec 3: AP1200 Arrives!
Nov 30: TMB 152/1200 Arrives!
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This is M104, aka the Sombrero Galaxy, in the constellation of Virgo. From our vantage point, M104 is a nearly edge-on spiral, with an obvious dust lane obscuring our view at its equator.
The conditions were downright awful the night this was shot. The seeing was so bad I had no idea whether I was truly in focus or not, and the transparency went from decent to horrid over the time period I was collecting frames. I'm amazed I got anything at all, frankly. The image above is a crop of the full-resolution frame. The full size image is also available. North is up.