appears as dust/clouds over entire image, above.
(Bode's w/Holmberg IX) and M82 (Cigar) (and NGC 3077, bottom right) ---
"mouse-over" image to see IFN!!! (top image is
reduced-size | other sizes: medium
12 million light years to M81 and M82
Takahashi FS-60C @ f/6.2
Takahashi EM200 Temma II
QSI 540wsg @ -15C
Astrodon Tru-Balance I-Series LRGB Gen
20x10min L (bin1x1); 5x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); AstroArt5, CS4 (cropped, 10xdarks/flats/fdarks/bias)
27 December 2013 - Las Cruces, NM
This image was captured just a couple of weeks before the
supernova in M82 occurred. Even with red to orange-level light pollution from my location
in Las Cruces, the very faint Integrated Flux Nebula (IFN) can start to be
seen. Mousing over the top image will switch between "normal"
and "stretched" background (with galaxies constant), showing the
IFN. In addition, clicking the bottom image will show a larger
size of the bottom, fully-stretched image. The IFN is a little-studied complex of
diffuse dust and clouds in our own Milky Way Galaxy ~ (text from APOD).