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Catalogue and alternative designations

M81 and M82, NGC 3031 and NGC 3034, M81 is known as Bode's galaxy and M82 is known as the Cigar galaxy

Type Galaxies
Position 9 55 18.3, +69 25 31 (approximate centre of frame)
Constellation Ursa Major
Camera and Telescope QSI 583 WSG, 20cm Maksutov Newtonian courtesy Dean Salman
Focal Ratio F4
Exposure Details LRGB 190:120:120:120 with Astrodon series 2 filters.  5 hours of Hydrogen Alpha was also blended in to bring out the H II regions
Description This is probably one of the most interesting galaxy pairs in the sky.  M81 is magnitude 6.94, 26.9' x 14.1' in size and at about 11.7 million light years distance while M82 is 8.41, 11.2' x 4.4' and 11.5 million light years.  Both galaxies interact with each other and other galaxies in this cluster of which M81 is the largest member.