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Contains:  Bode's nebulae, Cigar galaxy, M 82, M82, NGC 3034
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M82 in HaLRGB, 


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M82 in HaLRGB

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron 8" EdgeHD

Imaging cameras: QSI 660 WSG

Mounts: G-11

Guiding cameras: Lodestar X2

Focal reducers: Celestron 0.7X

Software: PixInsight 1.8  ·  PHD Guiding 2  ·  Astronomy Tools Actions Set V1.6  ·  Maxim DL6  ·  Sequence Generator Pro  ·  Adobe Photoshop CC 2014

Filters: Astrodon 1.25" 5nm Ha  ·  Astrodon 1.25" L  ·  Astrodon 1.25" R  ·  Astrodon 1.25" B  ·  Astrodon 1.25" G

Accessory: Starizona MicroTouch Autofocuser  ·  Bahtinov Mask

Dates:Dec. 14, 2015Dec. 15, 2015Dec. 16, 2015Dec. 17, 2015

Astrodon 1.25" 5nm Ha: 24x1800" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" B: 6x900" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" G: 8x900" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" L: 40x900" -20C bin 1x1
Astrodon 1.25" R: 8x900" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 27.5 hours

Darks: ~24

Flats: ~50

Flat darks: ~50

Bias: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 4.61 days

Avg. Moon phase: 23.00% job: 1003252

RA center: 9h 55' 59"

DEC center: +69° 40' 54"

Pixel scale: 0.637 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -94.670 degrees

Field radius: 0.286 degrees

Resolution: 2582x1932

Locations: Home, Rancho Santa Fe, California, United States


Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy or M82) is a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It is about five times more luminous than the whole Milky Way and one hundred times more luminous than our galaxy's center. The starburst activity is thought to be triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxy M81, and M82 is a member of the M81 Group. As the closest starburst galaxy to our own, M82 is the prototypical example of this type of galaxy. SN 2014J, a Type Ia supernova, was observed in the galaxy on 21 January 2014. In 2014, in studying M82, scientists discovered the brightest pulsar yet known, designated M82 X-2.



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