My Latest Astrophoto: M82 – The Cigar Galaxy

M82 - The Cigar Galaxy

As I promised in my last post about the recent downtime that GGN has suffered, I do have a couple of new astrophotos to share with all of you!  I’ve decided to attempt a reprocess of one of them because I didn’t like how it turned out so its not quite ready yet but I am fairly happy with how this shot of M82 – The Cigar Galaxy turned out so I thought I would go ahead and share it for now until I get time to get my other shot ready to show.

This isn’t the first time that I have shot M82, but since the Cigar Galaxy is an easy target, it made for a fun night out in the observatory recently.  If you want to see my previous shot of M82, I’d recommend checking out my previous post featuring the cigar galaxy.

For those unfamiliar with Messier 82, also known as the Cigar Galaxy, its a galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major and its about 12 million light-years away.  With a magnitude of 8.41, its pretty easy to spot with most any telescope if you get away from light pollution.

As always, since I always get questions about how I shot this, here is the link to the list of my astrophotography equipment.

I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get back out in the observatory soon and do some more shooting as I have some new software for controlling my telescope I want to learn and start using.  Unfortunately, the forecast isn’t looking to be in my favor in the near future so it might be a while.  In the meantime, I still have the other image I shot to process and once I get it done I will be sure to share it with all of you!

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