M82 Cigar Galaxy
Scope: Deep Sky Instruments RC10c 254mm @ f/7.4 Corrected Ritchey Chretien
Camera: Q453HR CCD Labs- One Shot Color Camera
Total Exposure: 4.5 hours 18 x 15 min. unbinned
February 2011: Chico, California, USA
Comments: The Cigar Galaxy or M82 is the prototype nearby starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major. The starburst galaxy is five times as bright as the whole Milky Way and one hundred times as bright as our galaxy's center .