M81 is a beautiful spiral galaxy located in the constellation of Ursa Major at a distance of
12 million LY.  It is only 150,000 distant from it's neighbor M82.  These two galaxies are
coming off a close encounter which has left M82 badly deformed.  Both are members of
the small group of galaxies known as the M81 Group.


 January 8, 2011
8" Astro-Tech RC, f/8
Canon Digital Rebel 500D / Modified (Hutech)
140 Minutes / 14x600s @ 800ASA
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI
Rick Kazmierski



Messier 81

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