Bode's Nebulae (M81/M82)
Photographed by Scott Davis on March 9, 2013
From Eastman Lake, California
First discovered by Johann Bode in 1774, Bode's Nebulae are actually two galaxies that appear very close together in the sky in the constellation Ursa Major. M81, the spiral galaxy shown on the left, is estimated to be approximately 11.8 million light years from earth. M82, a beautiful starburst galaxy, is also known as the Cigar Galaxy, and is approximately 11.5 million light years from earth.
Imaging Camera:
Canon EOS 60D
Imaging Scope/Lens:
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Celestron CGEM
Guide Scope/Camera:
Orion Shorttube 80mm w/ Starshoot Autoguider
Exposure Details:
Camera settings were ISO 1600 with a shutter speed of 3 minutes. A total of 40 light frames and 7 dark frames were used to create this image.

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