Messier 81 & 82

M81 & M82

This pair of galaxies is located in the constellation of Ursa Major. Under very dark skies it is possible to see M81, the largest of the two galaxies with the naked eye. This area is surrounded by background flux nebula, creating a dusty or dirty look to the background sky. Click the image or here to see the black and white version.

 

Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M81 & 82
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Ursa Major
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 1.2 Million Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Spiral Galaxies
Exposure: 6 Hours Luminance, 9 Hours RGB Position: R.A. 09 hr 55 min , Dec +69004'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: January 2010 - February 2010
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village