The Bodes and Cigar Galaxy

Imagine how many intelligent civilizations their might be in those galaxies!

M81 is a spiral galaxy approximately 12 million light years away from us. Accompanying it is the M82 popularly known as the Cigar galaxy due to its shape. The starburst coming out of the Cigar is believed to be due to the interaction with M81. Bottom right of the photo is the garland galaxy about 13 million light years away!

Equipment :

Mount  - SkyWatcher EQ6R Pro

Telescope - Orion 115mm EDT

Camera - ZWO ASI294MC Pro

Guiding Scope  - SVBony SV106

Guiding Camera - ZWO ASI120mm Mini

Acquisition - ZWO ASI Air Plus

Narrowband Filter - Optolong Lextreme, Optolong Lpro


Exposure  - 5 min subs with L-Extreme and 1 min subs with L-Pro

Integration - 16hr

Gain - 120

Bortle Scale - 7

Software  - Pixinsight, Photoshop