Messier 81/82 (M 81/82) - Bode Galaxies

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On this page I collect my observations of the Bode galaxies M 81/82 in the constellation Ursa Major.



M 81 is the main galaxy of a galaxy group in Ursa Major / Great Bear, which also includes the M 82 galaxy. Only in a small telescope, the two can be observed together, because the viewing angle should, according to Stoyan, be at least 1.5°. M 81 is a spiral galaxy, which is seen from above, whereas M 82 is an irregular galaxy, which is seen in edge position.

M 81/ M 82
Size: 12' x 5' / 6' x 2' (Stoyan/Karkoschka)
Distance: 11 million light years
Rating: **** / **** (Stoyan)



M 81 and M 82, the Bode galaxies in Ursa Major



The sketch by Michael Vlasov ( provides a rough impression of what I observed (my impression was much fainter than the sketch): Sketch of the Bode galaxies by Michael Vlasov (Copyright © Michael Vlasov 2016)

Note: I only have the author's permission to link to the sketch.


My Own Observations

Observations February/March 2017

Observations May 2017

Observations September 2017



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