Digital Image – The Surfboard Galaxy and the Owl Nebula

This is a wide field image of Messier 108:  The Surfboard Galaxy, and Messier 97: The Owl Nebula, both to the lower right of the bright star Merak in the constellation of Ursa Major. Messier 108 (also known as NGC 3556) is a barred spiral galaxy, and Messier 97 (also known as NGC 3587) is an 8,000 year old planetary nebula within our galaxy. So M97 is certainly a foreground object in this line of sight image.

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Image Info

Canon 60D with an Astronomik CLS filter, using a Canon 100-400 F2.8L lens, piggybacked on the KPO Reflector.

60 subframes of 120 seconds each, all at ISO 3200, for a total integrated exposure time of 120 minutes (2 Hours).

Captured and stacked in Nebulosity, processed in StarTools, and finished in Aperture.

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