|M81 and M82 - Spiral Galaxies in Ursa Major|
Saturday, March 2, 2013
M81 and M82 on a Moonlit Night
With my colleague Mike's current success at obtaining images from the remote robotic telescopes specializing in astronomy education, iTelescope.net, I took a crack at capturing a few myself this weekend. Target? Old standby M81 and M82, a good choice for a first target since it is big and bright and has a number of surrounding galaxies that makes a wide-field shot interesting (and the moon was out as well so no "faint fuzzies" tonight). Here is the image, a 5 minute exposure. The beauty of this? I'm half a world away in Poland, Saturday morning, and yet I'm imaging from the dark skies in New Mexico...