Flintstone Stargazing

December 31, 2007

The Cigar and Bode Galaxies on 12/30/07

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: , — Ed @ 9:43 am

M82-Cigar Galaxy on 12/30/07

I had never captured M81 and M82 before (they’re quite close to one another) because they had been pretty much below the horizon during normal viewing times for a while. Now, however, they are visible by 11 from my driveway. M82 is really colorful and bright and really is cigar shaped. M81 is fainter, but much larger (I can’t wait to do some much longer exposures on it). Below is the image of M81 that I captured:

M81-Bode's Galaxy on 12/30/07
M81-Bode’s Galaxy on 12/30/07



  1. Hi, I’m a visitor to the Chattanooga area, and I wanted to find a place that would be dark enough to see a decent starry sky (weather permitting, of course). Any ideas?


    Comment by Gordon — December 31, 2007 @ 1:18 pm

  2. I’m in Flintstone, Georgia – about 7 miles south of St. Elmo which is at the foot of Lookout Mountain. I have really great skies here for being in a neighborhood – on a good night I can see magnitude 6 stars. Your best options are going to be either in north Georgia (I’m not sure if Chickamauga Battlefield would allow stargazing at night, but if they do, it would be a great spot) or on the other side of (or perhaps on top of) Lookout or Signal Mountain. My own experience is almost exclusively with north Georgia, just because that’s where I live. I’m normally viewing out in my driveway.

    Comment by Ed — December 31, 2007 @ 1:31 pm

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