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M81 M82 and IFN by ZeSly M81 M82 and IFN by ZeSly
M81 and M82 are two famous galaxies that lies in the Ursa Major. A target of choice for beginners in astronomy. You should already know them, there are already in my gallery. In the lower left of the image you can also see NGC3077, a smaller galaxy.

The goal of this acquisition was the faint dust that lies mostly in right half of the image. This a very faint reflective nebula that actually lies in a large part of the sky, from the north celestial pole to Ursa Major, the integrated flux nebula (IFN) A somewhat difficult target for a DSLR and this is my second attempt at capturing it.

50 exposures of 7 minutes.
Camera : Canon EOS 1000D unfiltered
Telescope : Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor.
Mount : Takahashi EM-200 USD3.
Guiding : Orion Starshoot Autoguider on a William Optic Zenithstar 66SD refractor.
Outside temperature : 2C
Sensor temperature : 11C
Humidity : 80-90%
Software : auto-guiding and acquisition with MaximDL, processing with Iris.
Location : L'Epine, France
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:iconraym0506:
This is by far the BEST image I have seen of this area of space! I did not even know the IFN existed! The depth and detail of this image is like nothing I have ever seen. The contrast between the galaxies and the nebulosity adds a certain 3d quality to the image. The detail in the nebula is fantastic. The interaction between the galaxies and the nebula REALLY makes this image pop. The fact that this was done with a DSLR gives me hope that I can one day take images of this quality! Very well done and look forward to seeing more images!
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:iconjosharts529:
josharts529 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
dang i tryed to find those with my 70mm refractor but couldn't find em eh oh well
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Not sure you can find them with only 70mm. I should be hard.
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:iconryogalovesukyo:
ryogalovesukyo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
nice telescope
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks
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:iconryogalovesukyo:
ryogalovesukyo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013
you are very welcome =)
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:iconraym0506:
RayM0506 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I did not even know the IFN was there! This is a FANTASTIC image! Very VERY well done!
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconveterilu:
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist
:iconwowplz:

So unique!!!!

Amazing capture! :clap:
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks !! :D
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:iconveterilu:
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist
anytime!! :D:D:D
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:iconjoergjohannmueller:
JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful capture. M81 and M82 are some really beautiful galaxies that are easy to observe, but to capture their spiral structures is something total different. You really do a wonderful job! Perfect!
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :-)
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:iconjoergjohannmueller:
JoergJohannMueller Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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:iconquicksimon:
quicksimon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Simply stunning!!
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you ! :-)
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:iconmrwitchblade:
MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
I missed a great opportunity to get my Meade out :(

This is a seriously good shot\s.
:)
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :D
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:iconbhalstead:
bhalstead Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012   Photographer
Great job! I've admired M81 and M82 but I didn't know about the IFN.
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. I discovered the IFN only a few years ago. It's a amazing what we can catch nowadays with digital astrophotography ;-)
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:iconredkojimax:
redkojimax Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
very nice but little noisy
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :-)
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:iconelpida-wood:
Elpida-Wood Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Wow. So how long does it take you to obtain the perfect shot? I've heard you must require lots of patience, but I'm only curious of how long does it take.
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. It need an entire night for just one photo. Look at the exposure time : 50x7min = 5h50 cumulative exposure time. With at least 30 seconds between each exposure, we have 6h15 of shooting. Add something like two hours for setting up all the gear and you have an idea of the time it takes. Well, while shooting, you can do something else like enjoying observations with friends.
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:iconelpida-wood:
Elpida-Wood Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Wow, that sounds very cool. By the way, do you like astrology?
How long have you been a photographer? and What do you like to take pictures of the most?

I like your work.
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm photographer for a few years, mostly landscape and deep sky. I'm not a professional.
Astrology has nothing to do with astronomy.
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:iconelpida-wood:
Elpida-Wood Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Right. forgive my ignorance. That's the correct word I was trying to use. But I forgot.

Back to the questions. So is astronomy one of your preferences aside from the 2 others mentioned?

Professional or not, I do enjoy your work. KUDOS
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm interested in astronomy since my childhood. It is astronomy that brought me to photography.
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:iconelpida-wood:
Elpida-Wood Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Awesome! I like astronomy too. I guess we have that in common.
Well, thank you for your time and keep doing the best!
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psychsg Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
finally you posted another picture! the pic looks amazing as always
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot.
I did not get outside since last October. It was quiet long ! I had no good conditions for astrophoto this winter.
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MatthewPaver Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
astonishing. so clear and sharp. looking at photos like this you can't help but let your mind wonder. trillions of galaxies with trillions of planets, and we think we're the only one with life (sniggers).

quick question, just above the bright red/yellow object on the centre right, there seems to be a straight line. is this an object kicking out radiation like a pulsar or a galaxy seeing on the flat, or something else? :)
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:iconzesly:
ZeSly Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I see the straight line you're talking about. It's just the dust with different density which draw some motif like lines and filament.
Thank you, glad you like it. :-)
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