Bode’s Galaxy (M81)


Jean M Dean


Celestron C8-A XLT with Celestron 0.63 reducer and Canon 60A on an iOptron CEM25EC mount, unguided. 45 light frames at ISO1600 x 240 second exposure, calibrated with 200 bias, 41 dark and 53 flat frames.

One of the local neighbourhood galaxies a mere 12 million light years away! Bode’s Galaxy (M81) is a classic spiral galaxy with a super-massive black hole at its centre. It forms part of a group of 34 local galaxies within the constellation Ursa Major.