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. The small galaxy located in the lower right corner is NGC 3077. There is also a very faint galaxy at magnitude 30 located just to the right of M81, named PGC28731.


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 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