PhotographerPeter W. O'Brien
Location of photoDerry NH USA
Date/Time of photo02/24/08
EquipmentDSI Pro II behind 10" LX200R @ f10
DescriptionAfter years of trying to capture and blend with hours of luminance data, the wispy H-alpha filamentary structure flaring out orthogonally from the distorted disk of this enigmatic object, as if to compete with Hubble and others in their amazing images, I decided to abandon the layering and masking and blurring then masking and multiplying and dynamic range masking and stacking and yada yada yada, in favor of a natural look. Some may say that M82 is no beauty contest winner in the Universe pageant but I marvel at her so.