Cigar Galaxy (M82) left and Bode’s Galaxy (M81) right.

M81 and M82 are a very popular pair of galaxies and can be viewed with any small telescope and even binoculars in Ursa Major (The Plough or Big Dipper). Although close together in the sky M82 is 12.5 million light years more distant than M81. M81 is a mere 4.5 million light years away whereas M82 is 17 million light years distant.

This image was taken on the morning of 30 September 2011 through my Vixen FL102S telescope with a Canon 40D DSLR camera. It consists of 14 x 10 minute sub exposures ( =  2hr 20min) at iso 800, stacked in Deep Sky Stacker and processed in Photoshop. I had planned on taking more subs but the fog rolled in.