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M81 and M82

Messier 81 (also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. Due to its proximity to Earth, large size and active galactic nucleus (which harbors a supermassive black hole), Messier 81 has been studied extensively by professional astronomers. The galaxy's large size and relatively high brightness also make it a popular target for amateur astronomers.

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  My first try at M81 (center of image) and M82

Taken on 3/24/2008
Orion ED80
Hap Griffin modified Rebel XT 350D
27 - 30 second exposures
ISO 800
Stacked with DeepSkyStacker
Processed with PhotoShop CS
No darks/flats/offsets applied

Copyright © 2008 – Antonio Pascarella
  Same session as above

Re-processed applying darks, flats, and offsets.
  Taken on 4/14/2012
Orion ED80
Hap Griffin modified Rebel XT 350D
25 60-second exposures
24 90-second exposures
ISO 800
Stacked with DeepSkyStacker
Processed with PhotoShop CS

Copyright © 2012 – Antonio Pascarella

 

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