Flintstone Stargazing

March 9, 2008

M82-Bode’s Galaxy on 3/8/08

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 10:45 pm


M82-Bode’s Galaxy on 3/8/08

Tonight was kind of hazy so I decided to just get one image. I’ve imaged Bode’s Galaxy before, but never for very long. It’s actually quite large and a reasonably easy-to-find target. It and the Cigar Galaxy are located off the end of the big dipper and are gravitationally related. Astronomers think that Bode’s is responsible for the wierd shape and properties of the Cigar Galaxy. Anyway, this image does a nice job capturing this galaxy. I hope to get better alignment and take some really long exposures of it, particularly with the DSLR – with a wider field of view it’s pretty easy to get both Bode’s and the Cigar Galaxies in the same image.

I’m going to probably try for Day 2 of my Photo Messier Marathon on Friday, assuming the skies are clear – the Moon will have set by the time the objects I’m looking for will be up. If I can’t get it in before then, I’ll probably need to wait until the end of the month.

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