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Photographer:

Peter W. O'Brien

Email:

pobrien@ll.mit.edu

Location of Photo:

Derry NH USA

Date/Time of photo:

02/24/08

Equipment:

DSI Pro II behind 10" LX200R @ f10

Description:

After years of trying to capture and blend with hours of luminance data, the wispy H-alpha filamentary structure flaring out orthogonally from the distorted disk of this enigmatic object, as if to compete with Hubble and others in their amazing images, I decided to abandon the layering and masking and blurring then masking and multiplying and dynamic range masking and stacking and yada yada yada, in favor of a natural look. Some may say that M82 is no beauty contest winner in the Universe pageant but I marvel at her so.

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