wide field image of the area in Ursa Major
surrounding the galaxies Messier 81 and 82.
Messier 81 is a spiral
galaxy approximately 12 million light years
distant and was discovered in 1774 by Johann
Elert Bode and is sometimes referred to as "Bode's
12 million light-years away, within the same
group of galaxies, is Messier 82 which has an
irregular shape and resembles a cigar in some
on M81 and M82 is available at:
This image coverse
several degrees of arc and was captured captured
on Fuji ISO 800 color film over approximately 25
minutes of exposure using an Orion 80mm refractor.