M81-M82 – Bodes Nebula – 2014-04-24

M81-M82 - Bodes Nebula - 2014-04-24

M81-M82 – Bodes Nebula – 2014-04-24

M81 (NGC 3031) Bode’s Galaxy
Face-on spiral galaxy in Ursa Major
Dimensions: 26.9 x 14.1 arc-min
Magnitude: 6.94
Distance: 11.8 mLy

M82 (NGC 3034) Cigar Galaxy
Edge-on spiral galaxy in Ursa Major
Dimensions: 11.2 x 4.3 arc-min
Magnitude: 8.41
Distance: 11.4-12.4 mLy

The bright star in the upper middle of M82 is a supernova SN 2014J which appeared 2014-01-21 at 19.20 UT. A closeup crop with the supernova marked is here: SN 2014J in M82

Cropped, original pixel scale

Image details:
Scope: AT106 with moonlight focuser and AT2FF
Camera: Canon T2i with astrodon UV/IR filter
59 x 300sec frames at ISO1600 (total integration time 4hrs 55min)
– Taken over two consecutive nights
Mount: CGE Pro
Guiding: TSOAG9 with Chameleon, Meteguide (and probably FlexRX)
Capture: ImagesPlus
Calibration and Stacking: PixInsight
Processing: PixInsight and PS CS5