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Photographer:

joepetrick

Email:

joepetrick@roadrunner.com

Location of Photo:

Taylors, South Carolina

Date/Time of photo:

February 25, 2017

Equipment:

Meade 16 inch ACF, SBIG STT-8300M CCD camera , SBIG FWG-STT filter wheel and Baader LRGB filters

Description:

Sb type of galaxy located in Ursa Major . It is a conspicuous spiral galaxy since it shines bright (6.9 Mag) and is large (21 X 10 arc min.) . Reportedly has been seen with the unaided eye under extremely clear transparent skies. It's 12,000,000 ly away so it's fairly close and in our local group. M 81 was discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1774. He also named Uranus. You can Google him and read more about him. It is estimated that M 81 has just over 200 globular clusters associated with it.

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