As I continue my quest to learn the astro photography game… Here is Messier 81, also known as Bode’s Galaxy, a Grand Spiral Galaxy about 12 million light years away, with a diameter of 90,000 light years it is part of the constellation Ursa Major (aka The Big Dipper). This image was taken on Sunday night from Mt. Pinos, shot along side @mostly_star_stuff . The astronomy camera I used for this black & white image, shoots in #monochrome and requires taking individual images using luminance (seen in this image), red, green and blue filters (LRGB) to produce a full color image. Unfortunately, I was not able to get any of the color data as the Galaxy dipped behind the trees before I was able to. I was thrilled to have gotten this though so I wanted to share. Hopefully I’ll get the color data sometime next month and will be able to produce a color image to share.
Gear used: Telescope: @oriontelescopes 6” Ritchey-Chretien Astrograph (1370mm) Mount: @skywatcherusaEQ6-R Pro Control: @zwoasi ASIAIR Pro Camera: @zwoasi ASI1600MM Pro . . This is a stack of 10x3 minute (30 minutes total) images capture with the Luminosity filter
Image credit and copyright: Phil Sutphin @philsutphin - LAAS.