Object of the Season
The Webb Deep-Sky Society requested observations for the following deep-sky objects. Findings are published in the Deep Sky Observer (DSO).
Observations should be sent to Wolfgang Steinicke , Gottenheimerstr. 18, D-79224 Umkirch, Germany.
Object of the Season (Spring 2018)
The Sombrero Galaxy (M104) in Virgo
The well-known Sombrero Galaxy is a popular target in Virgo, though at lower declination. Méchain found it on 9 April 1781. The prominent dark lane of the edge-on galaxy should already be visible in smaller instruments.
- Position (2000)
- 12 39 59.4 -11 37 23 (Vir)
- 8.5' x 5.4' (50,000 ly)
- 30.5 Mly
- Other Designations
- I 42, h 1376, GC 3132, NGC 1952, UGC 293, PGC 42407, MCG -2-32-20
Results of the observations of M104 will be published in DSO 181.
Wolfgang Steinicke - Nebulae and Clusters Section Director
Previous Objects of the Season
Object of the Season 2018
Object of the Season 2017
Object of the Season 2016
Object of the Season 2015
Object of the Season 2014