Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Ursa Major (UMa)  ·  Contains:  Bode's Galaxy  ·  Bode's galaxy  ·  Cigar Galaxy  ·  Cigar galaxy  ·  M 81  ·  M 82  ·  M81  ·  M82  ·  NGC 3031  ·  NGC 3034  ·  NGC2959  ·  NGC2961
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Integrated Flux Nebula around M81 and M82, 



    
        

            Aleix Roig
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Integrated Flux Nebula around M81 and M82

Link to TIFF/FITS: https://flic.kr/p/2kYXFYU
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Integrated Flux Nebula around M81 and M82, 



    
        

            Aleix Roig
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Integrated Flux Nebula around M81 and M82

Link to TIFF/FITS: https://flic.kr/p/2kYXFYU

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ85ED

Imaging cameras: ZWOASI294MM

Mounts: Mesu Optics Mesu-Mount 200

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ85ED

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI 174 MC

Software: Astropixel Processor  ·  Sequence Generator Pro, v3.0  ·  Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Photoshop CC  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto S.L. PinInsight  ·  PhD 2 Guiding

Filters: Baader Planetarium Ha 1.25" 7nm  ·  Baader Planetarium LRGB 31mm

Accessory: ZWO OAG


Dates:May 17, 2021

Frames: 455x120" (15h 10')

Integration: 15h 10'

Avg. Moon age: 5.17 days

Avg. Moon phase: 27.33%


Astrometry.net job: 4504377

RA center: 9h 52' 24"

DEC center: +69° 44' 18"

Pixel scale: 2.121 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -90.039 degrees

Field radius: 1.447 degrees


Resolution: 4082x2737

Locations: Prades-Montsant mountains, Tarragona, Spain

Data source: Backyard

Description

The Bode's Galaxy (M81) and the Cigar Galaxy (M82) lay some 12 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major). M81, a grand design spiral galaxy, is gravitationally interacting with M82, a large galaxy with a filamentary red-glowing gas, five times more luminous than the Milky Way, that presents a star forming rate 10 times greater than the one in our own galaxy.

Both galaxies are seen through a vast and complex screen of diffuse gas called Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN). This faint glow is caused by the combined light of the stars of the Milky Way reflected and re-emitted by interstellar gas and dust.

This image has been possible thanks to the dark skies of my home village, Prades, a perfect location for stargazing. Several weeks were needed to collect all the data used to compose this image. While most of the data comes from the Luminance filter, the use of the H alpha filter allowed me to capture the glowing hydrogen filaments of M82 and the star forming regions in M81. The average darkness from my Bortle 4 location was these days around mag/arcsec2 .

Image details:

L: 305x120"

RGB: 30x120" each channel

Hα: 24x300"

All images at 120Gain -15ºC bin2

Calibrated with 50 flats, 50 darks,50 dark flats

Total exposure: 15h10’

Average darkness: 21.10 mag/arcsec2

Image resolution: 2.12”/pixel

Equipment:

FSQ85ED telescope

Mesu200 mount

ASI294MM Pro camera with ZWO EFW 8 pos

Guiding with ASI174MC and ZWO OAG

Baader filters

Software:SGP, PHD2, APP, PIX, LR, PS.

Aleix Roig -Prades, Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain), May 2021.

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Integrated Flux Nebula around M81 and M82, 



    
        

            Aleix Roig

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