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M81 & M82 Bode's & the Cigar Galaxies


Greg M
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M81, also known as Bode's Galaxy is the larger of the two galaxies on the right.
M82, also known as the Cigar Galaxy is the smaller of the two galaxies in the upper left.
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Explore Scientific ED152CF APO, ZWO 2600mmPro Camera, iOptron CEM70EC Mount, Captured using NINA, Processed with PixInsight
Exposure Details:
Gain 100, Offset 50
26x 4 min exposures - Red
20x 4 min exposures - Green
25x 4 min exposures - Blue

Total Integration time = 4hrs 44mins
Taken from a dark sky site approx. 50 miles north of Las Vegas.

 

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10 minutes ago, Sonyme said:

Hi Greg, nice image. Is the small cluster-like region below Bode's Galaxy a satellite of Bode's or something in the distance?

I'm not sure. I haven't bothered to send it to astrometry.net and try to ID it.

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8 hours ago, Sonyme said:

Hi Greg, nice image. Is the small cluster-like region below Bode's Galaxy a satellite of Bode's or something in the distance?

It took a bit of researching but that little glob of stars I believe is Holmberg IX (PGC28757) or UGC 5336 and it is a satelitte galaxy of M81 much like our own large and Small Magellanic Galaxies. 

Here's a bit of info I found about it.

ESA Science & Technology

https://www.messier.seds.org/more/m081_hom9.html

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Re-processed the same data today with a bit more sleep. I thought I would do this without looking at the original version as a reference. At first I really liked it but once I compared the two versions side-by-side, this one seems a bit too blue. I do feel the dust lanes and arms in M81 are shown better in this v2.

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