The Sombrero Galaxy is an amazing object in small scopes. The galaxy shows an strongly elongated core in a lenticular halo. The core brightens sharply towards a blazing nucleus. The beautiful asterism Jaws (thanks, Demelza, for bringing it under my attention!) can be seen in the same low power field, W of M104. The three brighter stars of the asterism represent his teeth. Jaws appears to bend towards the galaxy. Itâ€™s a funny perspective, but donâ€™t let this sight fool you. M104 is estimated to have twice the respectable luminosity of the Andromeda Galaxy.
Site : Bekkevoort, Belgium ( 51Â° N )
Date : April 28, 2009
Time : around 21.30 UT
Scope : Skywatcher 102/500mm achromatic refractor
Eyepiece : Baader Hyperion Zoom at 8mm
Magnification : 63x
Filter : none
Seeing : 3/5
Transp. : 4/5
Sky brightness : 19.58 magnitudes per square arc second near zenith (SQM reading).
Sketch Orientation: N up, W right.
Digital sketch made with Corel Paint Shop Pro X2, based on a raw pencil sketch.