M82- Cigar Galaxy

IMAGE DETAILS

Object ............................................ M82-Cigar Galaxy
Constellation ............................... Ursa Major
Distance + Ap. Magnitude......... 11.4-12.4 million Light years (3.5-3.8 Mpc) - 8.41
RA / DEC ..................................... 09h:55m.52.2sec / +69 40m.47sec
Date + Time ...............................   11/03 - 22/4/19  &  - 19:00 UTC
Location ....................................  "Nunki Observatory" - Skiathos
Optics .........................................  
Officina Stellare Advanced RILA 400
f/5.25
Tools ..........................................   The Sky X , ACP
Camera .....................................   SBIG STXL11002  with FW8G-STXL (Astrodon filters)
Exposure Time.......................     Ha(3nm): 27 X 900sec RGB: 30 X 600sec
More Details ...........................    Environment Temperature : 15oC Camera Temperature -25οC
Mount .......................................   Paramount ME
Guiding ....................................   Self guided
Processing Details ................    Photoshop , Maxim , Pixinsight.
Notes ........................................   Weather: Clear - Transparence: Good  - Humidity : 65-85 %

Target details .........................
  Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy or M82) is a starburst galaxy approximately 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. A member of the M81 Group, 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.The starburst activity is thought to have been triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxy M81. As the closest starburst galaxy to Earth, M82 is the prototypical example of this galaxy type. SN 2014J, a type Ia supernova, was discovered in the galaxy on 21 January 2014.In 2014, in studying M82, scientists discovered the brightest pulsar yet known, designated M82 X-2.

Nikos Paschalis