M82 Cigar Galaxy

M82 Cigar Galaxy by Mark Griffith.

M82 Cigar Galaxy by Mark Griffith.

Mark Griffith

Swindon, Wiltshire. UK

Celestron c11 sct, skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik Ha LRGB filter set.

Six hours of LHaRGB data collected over two nights.

40 minutes of hydrogen alpha captures helped to bring out the star forming region in the middle of the galaxy.

Hydrogen alpha data was blended into luminance and red channels.

This is my best galaxy shot so far and my favourite image of the month. Good colour and detail.