Messier 81


This spiral galaxy was first discovered by Johann Bode in 1774. A popular target among amateur astronomers, this galaxy can be seen with binocculars under dark rural skies.


Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M81
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 Galaxy
Exposure: 4 hours 50 minutes Position: R.A. 09 hr 55 min , Dec +690 04'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: 07-09 February 2008
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village