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    I'd like to go after M104. How difficult will this be with my XT8?

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    Should be easy. I looked at it last night with my XT6. The easiest way is to start with the upper left star of Corvus. Going up and left from there you will come across four stars that sort of point up and left - just follow the arrow it will lead you right to it.

    Here is a link to a chart: http://www.solarius.net/assets/finde...essier_104.pdf

    The tip of the "Arrow" I was refering to is in the between the two outer rings.
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    Cool! I'll give it a go as soon as it clears up here in Southern California.

    BTW, what did you se to generate that star chart?

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    I saw it a while ago, and it was quite visible in my XT8. I know exactly the group of stars powerwindows is referring to, they aren't visible by eye but you'll see them quite brightly in the eyepiece.

    I could easily make out the "sombrero" shape and see the dark dust line through the center. good luck finding it let us know how it went.

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    Here is a link to a page with all the Messier's and all the Caldwell objects: MSAS: Messier Finder Charts

    I am pretty sure that the person used Cartes Du Ciel, which is a very good program; and free. The finder circles that are used on the chart are for a Telrad finder. Using Cartes Du Ciel you can also make circles that match your finder scope.
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    Thanks for the site. It reminded me that I have the Telrad Messier charts! I'll go for M104 as soon as we get some clear skies. I'm using Stellarium and like it.

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    Sombrero is currently clearly visible in the southern hemisphere, near the zenith around midnight. Spent some time last Saturday admiring it (been cloudy since). Well worth finding Richard.

    But I'll have to reverse the instructions. Down is up and up is down in down under. Now I'm confused!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rtspear View Post
    I'd like to go after M104. How difficult will this be with my XT8?

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    Not that hard--actually one of my favorite Messier galaxies through my XT8i
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    Quote Originally Posted by powerwindows1985 View Post
    Should be easy. I looked at it last night with my XT6. The easiest way is to start with the upper left star of Corvus. Going up and left from there you will come across four stars that sort of point up and left - just follow the arrow it will lead you right to it.
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    That is how I do it as well. That start in Corvus is Algieba. M104 sits just across the border in VIR if you are keeping track (or need to know in which constellation it lives)
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    I'll give it a try if it ever clears up here in Los Angeles California. It should be at zenith around midnight at about 43 degrees altitude in the south.

    Won't be clear skies here for a while, though.

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