Photo of the Week for March 28, 2014
Messier 81 and 82 are most likely on any deep sky observers Top Ten List. Their placement in the sky (in Ursa Major) puts them in a position that is quite often easy to observe and both are easily visible through a 6-inch or larger telescope being used under dark skies. Ron Brecher of Guelph, Ontario, recently captured this stunningly detailed image of the pair. He used a 10-inch f/3.6 ASA astrograph and an SBIG STL-11000M CCD camera equipped with LRGB and Hα filters. The telescope was mounted atop a Paramount MX.