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Messier 109 is a beautiful example of a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Ursa Major at a distance of 83 million light years away.

Image Information:
Shot 3/20-21/2015 from Southern Utah
Camera: Atik 414EX M @ -20C
Scope: TPO 12" F4 with SkyWatcher F4CC
Orion Thin Off Axis Guider with ASI120MM as Guidecam
Mount: Atlas EQ-G
LRGB (Min): 112:45:45:45 Bin 1X1
Orion 2" LRGB filters
DSS and Photoshop

Seeing: ~ 5/10
Transparency: ~ 8/10
Wind: 2-3mph