Messier 82


This irregular galaxy was first discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1774. It is located adjacent to M81 and the two galaxies form a beautiful pair. The central core of this galaxy is distorted by the jets of gas which show red in this photograph.


Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M82
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Ursa Major
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 12 Million Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Irregular Galaxy
Exposure: 6 Hours rgb, 3 hours ha data Position: R.A. 09 hr 55 min , Dec +69041'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: 27 February 2008 - 01 March 2008
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village