M81– Bode’s Galaxy, and M82– The Cigar Galaxy are a pair of galaxies in the constellation Ursa Major, just off the “dipper” part of the Big Dipper. .
Bode’s Galaxy’s center contains a supermassive black hole that’s about 15 times the mass of the black hole in the Milky Way Galaxy. The entire object appears roughly the same size as a full moon in the night sky, just much much dimmer.
The Cigar Galaxy is forming stars 10x faster than normal galaxies, which makes it five times more luminous than the whole Milky Way and has a center one hundred times more luminous than our galaxy's center.
📷 I took this photo back in March and by the time everything was set up I only about a half hour of taking 30 second exposures before the clouds rolled in 🤷♂️. I spend a ton of time trying to process this image but in the end there’s only so much you can get from 31 minutes of exposure on an object like this, along with pushing my current gear wayyy past it’s limits. I think the end result is a little over processed but I’m okay with that considering considering the circumstances.
The images run from the final to the original, and I’ve added images in between showing my processing steps for reference and critique.
Canon 5D Mark III
Sky-Watcher Star Adventurer
Focal Length: 600mm
Exposure: 31 x 60”
31 minutes total integration
Bortel 4.5 (yellow)
Aligned & stacked in Deepskystacker
Processed in PixInsight and Photoshop
One of the longest exposure photos I've taken, from a recent weekend in Bruges. Supposedly the most photographed spot in the city, it's kind of easy to see why. Such a gorgeous town & well worth a weekend visit!
350s, f/3.5, ISO 100, 18mm, ND1000x2
I am a hideous man, i've always been one.
I don't like support of people, as I've developed the habit to be alone- to live alone.
I didn't intend to be like this, but this society forced me to hide my imperfections. The imperfections which made me a living soul.