DAVE MASON   ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
M81 BODE'S NEBULA and M82 CIGAR NEBULA

The Bode's Nebula, M81, is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. It is the largest galaxy in the M81 Group, a group of 34 galaxies located in the constellation Ursa Major.

Messier 82, to the left, also known as the Cigar Galaxy, 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.



Technical info: 
TS 80mm f6 APO triplet refractor - Canon 40D - IDAS Light Pollution Filter LP2 -
Exposure: 72x 180sec and 28x 240sec - total (5hours 28min)

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