M 109

M  109

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The month of May is filled with so many exquisite galaxies high in the early evening sky for the delight of observers. I for one feel like an excited kid in a toy store having a hard time deciding which one to image out of so many! M109 in Ursa Major is a lovely barred galaxy with a prominent central bar and symmetrical spiral arms. It is accompanied by magnitude 15.2 galaxies UGC6969 on the left and magnitude 16.6 UGC6940 below.

Coordinates       :

Ursa Major11h 58' +53deg 20'

Date Imaged       :

May 15, 2007

Lens       :

Astrophysics 5

Camera       :

Atik 16HR, Astronomik filters

Exposure       :

LRGB = 170:65:70:80 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio, Philippines