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Contains:  M 82, Bode's nebulae, NGC 3034
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Galaxy Messier 82 in Ursa Major, 


            Tom Wildoner
Galaxy Messier 82 in Ursa Major

Galaxy Messier 82 in Ursa Major

Technical card

Resolution: 2164x2116

Dates:Jan. 18, 2018

Frames: 34x60"

Integration: 0.6 hours

Avg. Moon age: 1.26 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.77% job: 1962709

RA center: 148.955 degrees

DEC center: 69.685 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.745 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 102.943 degrees

Field radius: 0.313 degrees

Locations: The Dark Side Observatory, Weatherly, Pennsylvania, 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 and a member of the M81 Group. It is about five times more luminous than the whole Milky Way and has a center one hundred times more luminous than our galaxy’s center. The starburst activity is thought to have been triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxy M81. As the closest starburst galaxy to our own, M82 is the prototypical example of this galaxy type.

Tech Specs: Meade 12” LX90, Celestron CGEM-DX mount, Canon 6D stock camera, Antares Focal Reducer, ISO 3200, 34 x 60 seconds using Backyard EOS with darks, bias and flat frames, guided using an Orion 60mm guide scope with an attached ZWO ASI290MC camera. Image Date: January 18, 2018. Location: The Dark Side Observatory in Weatherly, PA.



Tom Wildoner
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Galaxy Messier 82 in Ursa Major, 


            Tom Wildoner