M 81 Galaxy (NGC 3031)

This galaxy is also known as Bode's Nebula, it was only back in the 1950's that we did not really know what galaxies were and they were referred to as nebulas. M 81 is located in Ursa Major (The Great Bear). This spiral galaxy is magnitude 7.92 and is 26.7' x 14.2' in size. This shows up well in medium sized scopes at a dark sky site. It is 12 million light years away from Earth.
Telescope / Lens TEC 140mm f/7
Mount Type Astro-Physics 1200
Camera ST8XME
 Filters Astro-Don LRGB
 Film  CCD
 Exposure LRGB of 95 minuets -20° C
 Processing CCDSoft, AIP4Win, CCDStack & Photoshop CS2
 Date 9-9-2007
 Location  June Mountain, near Dexter, Oregon 122° 43.53 W 43° 48.41' N
 Conditions 3252' magnitude 6.0 Skies; Clear & Steady

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