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M82, the Cigar Galaxy, is a galaxy whose shape has been distorted by a close encounter with relatively nearby M81. Both galaxies are approximately 12 million light years from Earth.

Image acquired using SBIG St-10XME camera with Astrodon filter set through 12" Meade Lx-200Gps telescope with Celestron .63x reducer.

120 minutes of Luminance, 1x1 Binning.

60 minutes each of Red, Green and Blue, 2x2 Binning.

Five minute sub-frames.


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