M81/M82 (NGC 3031/3034) : Bode's Galaxy and Cigar Galaxy
M81: RA:09 55 55, Dec:+69 03 11, mag: 7.0, Size:24.9'x11.5', Dist:4.5 Ml.y.
M82: RA:09 56 16, Dec:+69 40 08, mag: 8.6, Size:11.2'x 4.3', Dist: 17 Ml.y.
|Object:||These galaxies, in the constellation of Ursa Major, are a visual treat in a telescope of any size as they can be seen together using a low power eyepiece. They are supposed to have collided some time in the past which explains the burst of star formation in M82 (right hand galaxy) - its red plume can be seen in this image. M82 takes high magnification very well and many details become visible. M81 is a spiral galaxy of type Sb, whereas M82 is of type Sd.|
|Exposure:||L: 30x180s, R: 7x180s, G: 7x180s, B: 7x180s|
|Equipment:||Takahashi Sky 90 f/5.6. 0.8 reducer, SX MX916 CCD [hp & 2b modes]. True Tech. RGB filters. IDAS LPS filter.|
|Location:||14th Apr. 2004 21:30 UT, Oxford UK.|
|Processing:||Images combined in Photoshop, Rob Gendler's multiple luminance layering technique applied.|