Here is a rendition of the
Sombrero Galaxy for your
consideration.  The image was
processed with a progressive
layering technique that shows
rarely seen details surrounding
the core, including some
globular clusters. The
luminance layer was actually a
combination of the true
luminance data with a
synthetic luminance
component from the RGB data.
Sharpening was performed
using a "restrained
combination" of various
methods, including LR decon,
high pass filtering, unsharp
masking, and wavelets. The
result looks less like a
sombrero, but avoids the
burnt-out core typically seen in
other versions of M104.

M104, aka NGC4594 resides
in Virgo.

16" RCOS @ f/11.3
Apogee U
9 imager
SBIG 402 guider
Astrodon Series I LRGB


=  10 min x 21, 1x1
R=  1
5 min x 12, 1x1
G=  1
5min x 12, 1x1
B=  1
5 min x 12, 1x1

Data acquired at

Processed with CCD
Inspector,  CCDsoft,
Registar, Sigma
Combine, Neat Image,
and Adobe PS;
additional image
processing using
PixInsight courtesy of  
Dr. Jack Harvey
    M104 -- the Sombrero Galaxy
     Click on image to enlarge