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Contains:  M 82, Bode's nebulae, NGC 3034
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            Frank Colosimo


Technical card

Resolution: 2400x1600

Dates:March 8, 2010

Frames: 157x303"

Integration: 13.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 22.91 days

Avg. Moon phase: 41.94% job: 2417054

RA center: 148.983 degrees

DEC center: 69.676 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.391 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 55.914 degrees

Field radius: 0.157 degrees

Locations: Blue Mountain Vista Observatories, New Ringgold, Pennsylvania, United States

Data source: Backyard


M82 (NGC 3034), also known as the Cigar Galaxy, is a magnitude 8.4 galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major. It is estimated to be 12 million light-years distant. It is usually classified as an irregular galaxy and is famous for its heavy star-forming activity. It is 'poster child' for the class known as starburst galaxies. The spectacular 'explosion' of material from its core is thought to be caused by severe gravitational disturbance from a close encounter with M81. This gas flow is also a strong source of radio noise, discovered by Henbury Brown in 1953. The radio source was first called Ursa Major A (strongest radio source in UMa) and cataloged as 3C 231 in the Third Cambridge Catalogue of Radio Sources. In the infrared light, M82 is the brightest galaxy in the sky.

Location: New Ringgold PA

Date: Feb 2008
Optics: Meade LX200R 12 inch at f/10
Camera: SBIG ST-8E / CFW-8
Guiding: ST-8E integral guiding chip controlled by MaximCCD

Date: Mar 6-8 2010
Optics: Meade LX200R 14 inch at f/10
Camera: SBIG STL11000
Guiding: Integral guiding chip controlled by MaximCCD

Exposure: LRGB: L 64x5 min, R 32x4.9 min, G 28x4.8 min, B 29x5.6 min, HA 4x5 min for a total of 13.2 hours
(157 subs at avg of 303 sec)
Mount: Paramount ME
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with subsequent processing with Photoshop.



Frank Colosimo
License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons

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            Frank Colosimo