Object: Constellation: Coordinates: Size: Brightness:
Messier 82
(= NGC 3034)
UMa 09h56m / +6941' 11.2' x 4.3' 8.6mag

The galaxy Messier 82 (NGC 3034, "Cigar Galaxy") with the Type Ia Supernova SN 2014J (first appearance on January 15, 2014) in the constellation Ursa Major on February 24/25, 2014. Messier 82 is about 12 million light years from earth and was discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1774 (source: Wikipedia).

Eighteen 3 minute exposures at ISO 800 were added for this shot with the DeepSkyStacker software (resulting in a 59 minutes exposure) and the final image processing was done in Photoshop.
Equipment: Canon EOS 450D Baader modified camera, TeleVue Paracorr Type II coma corrector, 16" f/4.5 "Ninja" dobsonian telescope riding on a dual-axis Tom Osypowski equatorial platform, Lacerta MGEN autoguider, Lacerta off axis system (field of view comparison: image of the moon with the same equipment).

Search chart for M 82. Map © 2014 "The Mag-7 Star Atlas Project", www.siaris.net. Map is slightly modified. The map can be downloaded here .