(IAAC) Obj: M104 (NGC 4594) - Inst: 8" F/6 Dobsonian

Observer: Michael Geldorp
Your skills: Beginner (< one year)
Date/time of observation: 5/13/1999  22.20 UT
Location of site: Alphen ad Rijn, Netherlands (Lat 52.09N, Elev )
Site classification: Suburban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: II <I-V Seeing Scale (I best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: 8" F/6 Dobsonian
Magnification: 49X, 98X, 203X, 244X
Filter(s): none
Object(s): M104 (NGC 4594)
Category: External galaxy.
Class: Sb-
Constellation: Vir
Data: mag 8.3  size 8'.9 x 4'.1
Position: RA 12:40  DEC -11:37
The Sombrero Galaxy, M104 is easily spotted at 49X as a slightly elongated glow.
At 98X it is almost exactly E-W. There is a large central bulge with two arms
extending out. The dark lane was not seen at this power. At 203X there appears
to be a hint of the dark lane but this could be my imagination. A wonderful galaxy.
There is a sketch on this object on my homepage: URL mentioned below.
Optional related URLs: http://home.wxs.nl/~geldo006/home.html
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