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Messier 81


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About this observation
Paul Downing
Time of observation
15/02/2015 - 21:00
Messier 81
Observing location
Alpujarra, Spain
Planewave 12.5" scope
QSI 683 CCD camera
LRGB of 60:40:40:40 mins

Messier 81 - a fine spiral galaxy located close to Messier 82 in Ursa Major.  It was discovered by Bode in 1774 and added to Messier's catalogue in 1781.  M81 is about 10 million light years away from us and it has a diameter of about 70,000 light years.  The image was taken in Spain on 15th February, 2015 using the Planewave scope and QSI 683 camera and is an LRGB of 60:40:40:40 minutes. 

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