M 81 & M 82

M81 & M 82 are pair of galaxies above the head of the Bear in URSA Major (Big Dipper). M 81 is a spiral galaxy similar to our own Milky Way Galaxy. M 81 shines at magnitude 8 and is one of the brightest in the night skies. It's so called companions M 82 is a "peculiar galaxy of 9th magnitude. Both galaxies are 12 million lights from Earth. There are 6 other faint galaxies in this image.
 
Telescope / Lens TEC 140 f/7 980mm
Mount Type Astro-Physics 1200
Camera Canon 20D (unmodified)
 Filters None
 Film  DSLR - CMOS Chip 22.5 x 15mm
 Exposure 7 x 5 minutes; 800 ISO 3 - Darks
 Processing Calibrated; Stacked; AIP4Win, Photoshop CS2 and CCDStack
 Date  9-11-2007
 Location June Mountain, near Eagles Rest, South of Dexter, Oregon
 Conditions 3232', magnitude 6.2 Skies; Clear & Steady

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