M82 : Cigar Galaxy

Photographs by Andy Strappazzon

 

 


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Messier Number:
M82


NGC Number:
NGC 3034


Common Name:
The Cigar Galaxy


Constellation:
Ursa Major


Distance from Earth:
11.5 million light-years


Visual Magnitude:
9.3


Size:
11′2 4′3


Rate:

Description:
Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034 or the Cigar Galaxy) is the prototype nearby starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The starburst galaxy is five times as bright as the whole Milky Way and one hundred times as bright as our galaxy's center.(Wikipedia)

 

Date Taken:
12 April 2008

Location:
Belgium  - Berthinchamps

Weather:
Temp = 18.5C

Equipment:
Skywatcher HEq5 Pro
Skywatcher Mak 150
Images aquired with: 
Canon 350D unfilterd

Exposure Specs:
Lights: 21x90 sec @ 400ISO
Darks: 7x90 sec
Flats: 6 
Offsets: 40

Total Exposure: 31.5 min

Processed with:
Deepskystacker
Adobe Photoshop CS 2

 

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