M82 aka Cigar Galaxy

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Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy) is approximately 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major (Big Dipper). It is about five times more luminous than the whole Milky Way and has a center one hundred times more luminous than our galaxy's center. This is a compilation of 18 x 240 second exposures along with support images and was taken April 28. I have an 8" Meade (FL 2000mm) telescope that the D5300 is connected to, and for various reasons the highest declination I can shoot at is 70 degrees (long story). M82 is 69 degrees, 40' 47" - I had about 1/4 inch before my D5300 would crash into my telescope mount.... so just barely enough room...

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Ok, here is a larger one....

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