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This is the 99th article I have written for the Cloudy Nights website. So, I thought I would do something special. What follows is a listing of images and text about the telescopes I have owned.
This bright galaxy is one of the more unique objects in the sky. The bright core of the galaxy has a prominent ring of dark material around it. This flat disk of material looks like a Mexican hat and therefore gives the galaxy its name—the Sombrero Galaxy.
There are several places in the sky that are unique and once you have spent some time at these locations you will never mistake them for anything else. Certainly one of these places is the Double Cluster in Perseus. Either of these clusters would be a Messier object all by itself, but to have them be just 30 arc minutes apart center to center is remarkable.
How many astronomy texts have had a shot of the North America Nebula included? How many brand new imaging rigs have been pointed at this amazing object? We may never know the answers to those questions, but we can say that this part of the sky have been observed, photographed and imaged for centuries.