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M81 Bode's galaxy

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Here is another image from the past week.

M81, Bode's galaxy, is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major approximately 11.8 million light years from Earth.

This is a composite of luminance data imaged from the QSI 683 (2014) and RGB data from a Canon T1i (2011).

Imaged from Ocala, FL

RGB data: 360 second exposures stacked in DeepSkyStacker and processed in Photoshop for a total integration time of 6 hours and 26 minutes.

Luminance data: 360 second exposures totaling 1.6 hours of integration using QSI 683wsg-8.

Astro-Tech 6" Richey-Chretien (RGB)

Astro-Tech 8" Richey-Chretien (Luminance)

Celestron CG-5 German equatorial mount (2011)

Losmandy G11 with Gemini 2 (2014)


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Very pretty!

It's upside down isn't it?  Very nice capture, though!

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