Supernova in the Cigar Galaxy

Subject: M81 and M82 with SN 2014J - Bode's Galaxy and the Cigar Galaxy with supernova
Telescope: Celestron CPC 800 with f/6.3 reducer
Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Technique: 24 approximately 30 second lights at 800 ISO. Total exposure time of approximately 12 minutes 48 seconds. 9 darks. 50 biases.
Prime focus. Stacked with Deep Sky Stacker. Post-processing in Photoshop.

Contributing to what is already an interesting pair of galaxies is an exciting new supernova. Known as SN 2014J, it is the closest observed supernova of its type in over 40 years. Because of its relatively close proximity to Earth (around 11.4 million light years), it is bright enough to be easily captured by amateur and professional astrophotographers alike.

The supernova is expected to peak in brightness around February 4th, after which it will diminish. Next month I plan to take another image of M81 and M82 to compare. For now, you can see an annotated version of the image below to better locate the supernova.


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