Cigar Galaxy

Observed:  Points: 10

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as of 10/22/2021 10:10 p.m.

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General Info

TypeIrregular Galaxy
ConstellationUrsa Major
Right ascension9h55'50.700''
Declination+69°41'43''
Magnitude8.400
Distance12,000,000ly
Size9 arc min
Catalog Designations NGC3034, M82
Discovered 1774 Johann Bode

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Cigar Galaxy

Celestron Omni XLT 150
10 points

Very faint visually, I wouldn't have found it if not for m81. It was clearly elongated and needed averted viewing to see.

Chased a few DSOs prior to the moon rise. Bode's Galaxy/Cigar Galaxy are once again high enough to clear the treeline from my observing site. Bode's galaxy is a nice faint face-on galaxy, but without any details in my suburban site. The Cigar galaxy shows mottling at higher magnification even in less than dark skies.

Both M81/82 fit into a single wide FOV eyepiece for a nice site on a chilly evening.

Saw this faint fuzzy through the 8 inch at FIU. It is much longer than it is wide, probably leading people to call it the cigar galaxy.

Cigar Galaxy

Orion 10'' SkyQuest dobsonian
10 points

This is the companion object visible in my observation of M81 and M82. This galaxy is far smaller in angular size than Bode's galaxy, but does not appear much dimmer. It has a slightly elongated shape, appearing to be an edge on galaxy. Together, M81 and M82 make a very pleasant pair to observer.

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