M82 - Irregular Galaxy
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M82 - Irregular Galaxy
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2015-Apr-11
OSC 38x200s, total 126min, 40s
AFX, MaximDL, CPT
E11, EQ8, NS8300, A80Mf, LSX2
M82 is an irregular shaped galaxy found in the Ursa Major constellation.
This is a bright galaxy and when viewed from Earth it is quite close to its more famous neighbor Bodes Galaxy (M81). This galaxy is also sometimes referred to as the Cigar Galaxy due to its shape.

This is my first image guided by the new LodeStar X2 autoguider camera. An 80mm Vixen A80Mf served as a guidescope. I am very happy with the new Lodestar guide camera. It seems to have solved a number of guiding issues I was experiencing with the old guide camera.

In particular, I no longer get badly oblong star shapes. If you zoom in, you can see that the stars are quite round, especially when compared to my previous images. The improved guiding also shows up in the level of detail found in the galaxy itself.

This is also the first image I've processed using the MaximDL package. It does a very good job of removing unwanted background light pollution and its almost as easy to use as DSS. It also has a number of features not found in DSS that should minimize the amount of manual post-processing I have been previously doing.

Images of M81 and M82
M81 imaged with an 11" EdgeHD SCT and a Nightscape NS8300 OSC camera
M81 - Bodes Galaxy
M82 imaged with an 11" EdgeHD SCT and a Nightscape NS8300 OSC camera
M82 - Cigar Galaxy
Mosiac of M81 and M82 imaged with an MN190 Mak-Newt and and STF8300M CCD camera
M81 and M82
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