Saturday, January 12, 2008

M81 Bode's Spiral Galaxy

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©2007 Richard Murray

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Notes: With Michigan's clouds still not going away I used one of the GRAS robotic telescopes in New Mexico to image this beautiful galaxy which is part of our local group. You can see M81's faint satellite galaxy off to center left.

I also took some color images which I'll upload later when processing is done.

Imaging Details:

Date: 1-11-08
Object: M81 Spiral Galaxy
Telescope: Takahashi TOA 150 (GRAS3)
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: SBIG ST-10 XME ABG
Filter: Clear
Exposure: 25 min [5 min subs]
Processing: CCDStack, Photoshop CS2, PixInsight
Location: GRAS Observatory, Mayhill, NM


heavenabove said...

I'm assuming this galaxy is named after Bode of Titus-Bode's Law about the planets' distances from the sun.

Rick said...

Yes, the German astronomer who was the first to discover this galaxy which was later rediscovered by Charles Messier and cataloged as M81.