2015-05-14 Astrophotography: M81 and M82 Galaxies

20150514_M81_M82_ImagesPlus2-Edit (double stretch)-2-2After weeks of either clouds or bright moonlight, conditions finally came together for Astrophotography.  We had a clear night, with no moon, and I was eager to find and shoot my first Galaxy.  A common target for beginner astrophotographers is the pair of galaxies classified as Messier 81 and Messier 82.  They are located relatively close to one another and can be found by drawing a straight line from the star Phecda to Dubhe of Ursa Major and extending it again by about the same distance. (more…)

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