Bode's Galaxy (M81)


DETAILS
Exposure: 4x45" unguided
Telescope: Meade Newton LXD-75 6" f5
Filter: Astronomik IR cut 1.25"
Mount:  Meade LXD-75 Autostar
Camera: Webcam Philips Toucam Pro II
Date: 11th February 2007
Location: Vilassar de Mar (suburban site)
Comments: One of my first deep sky images. Shot from a very light polluted place. Almost no detail of the arms was captured.

Messier 81 was discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1774 so the galaxy is often referred to as "Bode's Galaxy". In 1779, Pierre Méchain and Charles Messier reidentified Bode's object and was listed in the Messier Catalogue. It is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major and one of the nearest beyond the Local Group. As it is very bright it can be seen easily with small instruments altogether with M82.



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