M81 (Bode’s Galaxy) and M82 (the Cigar Galaxy)

Messier 81 (also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy and the largest galaxy in the M81 Group; a group of 34 galaxies in the constellation Ursa Major. Another member of this group is Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034 or the Cigar Galaxy) which is a starburst galaxy about five times more luminous than the whole Milky Way. Both galaxies are about 12 million light-years away.  

This image was captured from my observatory using a QHY8L CCD camera attached to an Altair Wave 115ED telescope with a 0.79x focal reducer. The image comprises 18 x 600s exposures (3hrs exposure time in total), stacked and processed using PixInsight and Photoshop CC.

David Pickles

Northamptonshire, United Kingdom

This image was captured from my observatory using a QHY8L CCD camera attached to an Altair Wave 115ED telescope with a 0.79x focal reducer. The image comprises 18 x 600s exposures (3hrs exposure time in total), stacked and processed using PixInsight and Photoshop CC.

This is my first image since setting up my own observatory in my back garden at home. The M81 group is a rewarding target, as in addition to the two main galaxies (M81 and M82) you can also make out numerous smaller galaxies if you look hard enough.

2017-12-27T00:00:00

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