Closeup of M82.
200mm SCT, f/10, 25mm eyepiece, binoviewer, light pollution filter.
2 April 2011; 21:45UT. Seeing: good.
M82 in Ursa Major has excited much lively interest and speculation ever since its irregular form was noticed in the late 18th century. It is a complex object to sketch and it takes around an hour of averted visual observation with my scope to bring out the details. The central portion has uneven brilliance, having a prominent diagonal dark streak flanked by a weaker one further to the right. It is truly a sight that captures your imagination.
“Pale and elongated”
J.E. Bode, 31-XII, 1780
“Beautiful ray of light”
W. Herschel, 30-XI, 1802
“Nebula without star, its light is faint and elongated”
C. Messier, 9-II, 1781
“...luminous and sparkling…with two nuclei eccentrically placed on the major axis”
H. d’Arrest, 1822-1875
|Intensity sketch drawn at the eyepiece on which sketch is based|