M81 Bode's Galaxy

M81 was dicovered by a Mr Bode in 1774, hence the galaxy’s name. It is the largest galaxy of the M81 group.

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The galaxy is a classic spiral whose nature has been enhanced by the nearby presence of M82. The M81 group is some 12 million light years distant from Earth.

The detailed images of M81 & M82 were taken during a full moon, with intermittent high level cloud. These are far from ideal conditions for imaging deep sky objects and I increased the exposure times to assist with image detail capture. The total exposure time for the above image was just over 1hr 10mins.


One comment on “M81 Bode's Galaxy

  1. Dave Moulton

    Some superb pics on here considering they are unguided. Well done to you. I also take Astro images using a Canon 350d but have recently started parallel guiding using a 80mm refractor and Meade DSI. Taking 10 minute subs now from light polluted Connah’s Quay North Wales. Well done again with the pics.


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