12H 40.0m -11° 37'
Size: 9' × 4'
Distance: 65 million light-years
M104 is bright enough for most telescopes and cameras, but its small size and large dynamic range require intermediate capture and processing skills.
Recommended EquipmentThe best telescope for M104 is probably a good SCT
. The galaxy's small size and relative brightness are a good match for a long focal-length SCT.
If you have problems tracking, however, you may prefer a rich-field Newtonian.
Image StatsMeade 8" SN LXD75
Meade DSI Pro III
Meade RGB + IR filters
LRGB at 232:44:50:48 minutes respectively. 2-minute subs; 2×2 binned RGB.
Average to good transparency
16, 25, 26, 30 May 2009
San Mateo, CA
See AlsoM104 (April 2005)