M81 - NGC 3031 (Bode's Galaxy, with faint Holmberg IX to right)                 (click image for full-scale)

Distance:  12 million light years

Telescope Takahashi TOA-130F @ f/7.7
Mount Takahashi EM200 Temma II
Camera QSI 540wsg @ -15C
Filters Astrodon Tru-Balance I-Series LRGB Gen 2
Guider SX Lodestar
Settings 12x10min L (bin1x1); 4x5min ea RGB (bin2x2); AstroArt5, CS4 (slightly cropped, 10xdarks/flats/bias)
Date/Location 13 February 2013 - Las Cruces, NM
Note:  My special thanks to Robert Gendler for his expertise in test-processing the data from my QSI camera!

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