Cigar Galaxy (M82)

M82 webcam Sergi Verdugo

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.

Messier 82, also known as Cigar Galaxy, is about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It is a prototype of starburst galaxy with about ten times the rate of massive star birth (and death) compared to our Milky Way. Although it looks a bit like a cigar, it is actually shaped like a disk. In the infrared light, M82 is the brightest galaxy in the sky.