Basic object information

Object name: M 81
Popular name: Bode's Nebula
Object type: Galaxy
Magnitude: 7.0
Size: 24.9'x11.5'
Position angle: 157
Object classification: Sb
Description: ! eB,eL,E 156,gsvmbM,BN
Notes: brightest in group;fine spiral

Catalog information

RA (J2000.0): 09h 55m 36.0s
Dec (J2000.0): +69 04' 00"

Constellation: Ursa Major

Observer: Iiro Sairanen
Obs. place: Härskiänsaari, Ruokolahti, Finland
Date/Time: 29/30.3.2005 0:45

Telescope: Newton 406/1830 mm

Magn: 107x


Field: 28'

NE Lim.mag: 6.5

Background sky: 2

Seeing: 2

Height: 74
Visuality: I
Weather: -9C

Bode's Nebula. Pretty low surface brightness but despite of that I was able to detach two faint spiral arms. The eastern one is brighter and sharper than western. The core is pretty bright and small, it's surrounded by an oval halo. Several stars involved.