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M81 (NGC 3031) and M82 (NGC 3034) galaxies | by Terry Hancock
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M81 (NGC 3031) and M82 (NGC 3034) galaxies

A couple of my favorites M81 also known as Bode's Galaxy and M82 also known as the cigar galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major, were a recent target using the Canon XSi. Shot from my back yard observatory in Fremont Michigan, 12.5 hours of 15 minute sub exposures over 3 nights early october.

I should have waited for a month or so because they are still very low on my horizon but I am very impatient.

I hope to re visit this target soon now I have my Canon 5D Mark II back from repair.


Location: Fremont Michigan

Date of Shoot 6th 7th and 8th October 2010

Camera: modified Canon XSi (450D)

50x15 min sub exposures 800 ISO with flat and dark frames.


Scope: TMB130SS F7 Refractor using WO/TMB 2.7" Field Flattener.

Auto-guided with Orion Auto Guider on Stellarvue 10x60

Mount: Mountain Instruments MI-250 (pier mounted)

Image Acquired using Nebulosity II, stacked with Deep Sky Stacker and processed with Photoshop CS3.


This image was selected as Picture of the Day on 23rd November 2010

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Taken on October 27, 2010