The Cigar Galaxy ... Messier 82
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Added January 10, 2019 ...
The Cigar Galaxy ... Messier 82
Messier 82 is a galaxy appearing in our vantage view as 'edge on' and appears long and thin and is also known as the 'Cigar galaxy' due to the appearance in the shape of a cigar. It is about 11.5 million light-years from us and contains about 30 billion stars, many of which are forming at exceptionally high rates. My goal was to get the hot red core expelling outward perpendicular to the plane of the galaxy. It will take more than just 2 hours of exposure time to get the full effect, but I did manage to capture some of it. This galaxy appears in the northern sky in early January around 10 pm in the constellation of Ursa Major, to the upper right of the big dipper.


The Techy Stuff ... For those who want to know ...
Telescope: 11" Celestron Edge HD at f/10
Mount: Celestron CGX
Camera: Canon EOS T7i (modified)
Filter: Baader UV/IR Cut
130 Sub-Frames at 60sec, ISO 800
10 Bias & Dark Frames
Light Pollution: Bortle zone 4.5 (Barely can see the Milky Way)
Sky Condition: 10 (0-10 with 10 the clearest possible)
Temperature: 37F
Date: January 10, 2019
Location: My Backyard, Savannah, GA



Bode's galaxy is very near the Cigar galaxy (M82) in the sky view. With a slightly wider field of view, you can see both galaxies in the same view. M82 is fainter than M81 and a very different type of galaxy. It's a starburst galaxy, in which stars are been formed at exceptionally high rates. Also known as the Cigar galaxy, M82 is the prototype object and provides a striking contrast to the near perfect spiral shape of M81. Even though these two galaxies are about 12 million light-years from earth, their actual distances from each other is about 150,000 light-years. They are the largest members of the M81 Group, a physical association of of 34 galaxies all bound together with a comon gravitational core.

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