M108 is a quite impressive galaxy. We see M108 nearly edge on. But at enough of an angle to see plenty of detail in the galaxy's disk. It shows obvious irregular dust arms with lots of intricate detail. There is no obvious core however.
M108 was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781
Not far from M108 one can also find the planetary nebula M97. Somewhat to the South-East
The image above was made at my home location in Belgium under heavily light polluted skies. (click the image for a larger view.)
Filters: Baader UHC-S
Camera temperature: -30°C
Date: November 11th 2013
Location: Zele, Belgium
Camera: SBIG ST2000XM
Telescope: Skywatcher MN190
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Image aquisition: The Sky X
Preprocessing: Deep sky stacker
image processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5
Constellation: Ursa major
RA: 11h 11m
Dec: +55° 40'
Dimensions: 8.7' x 2.2'
Surface brigtness: 13.0
Distance: 4.6 million lightyears
Discovered by Pierre Méchain 1871
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