Imaging galaxies M81 and M82 from Böblingen / Germany

Messier 81 (M81) is a spiral galaxy about 12 million Lj. away from earth. Messier 82 (M82) – also known as Cigar Galaxy – is a starburst galaxy which is interestingly also about 12 million ly. away from us. Both objects are located in constellation Ursa Major.

For this picture 11 light frames (600s exposure time each) were averaged. This is twice as much as the typical frame count I usually have. Therefore, there is almost no visible noise in the the final picture.

The full size image can be found here.

Date2015/02/18
LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectBode's Galaxy (M81) & Cigar Galaxy (M82)
CameraAtik383L+
Guidingyes, QHY5-II Mono via OAG
Telescope8
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-15°C
Luminance11x, 600s, bin: 1x1
Red9x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Green9x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Blue9x, 150s, bin: 2x2
Dark10x
Flat10x
Total exposure~2h57min.
Last updated: February 23, 2022 at 23:24 pm

Astrophotography – Bode’s Galaxy & Cigar Galaxy (M81 & M82)

Date2013/01/02
LocationBöblingen / Germany
ObjectM81 & M82 (Bode's Galaxy & Cigar Galaxy)
CameraAtik383L+
Guidingyes, DMK31AU03.AS via OAG
Telescope8" GSO Newtonian
Barlow lensnone
MountEQ6 Syntrek
Cooling-15°C
Luminance3x, 20s, 40s, 100s, 300s, 600s (bin: 1x1) (HDR image)
Red3x, 200s, bin: 2x2
Green3x, 200s, bin: 2x2
Blue3x, 200s, bin: 2x2
Dark3x
Flatnone
Total exposure~1h23min.
Last updated: December 20, 2015 at 15:21 pm