M109 = NGC3992 ( 11h 57.6m +5323, 9.8 mag. )

This beautiful barred spiral galaxy in Ursa Major was discovered by Mechain on February 16, 1781. It is located approximately 55 million ly away and can be spotted through a telescope 38' SEE of g Ursae Majoris (see finder chart below).

The above image was taken on February 23, 2001 from Harrowsmith, Ontario. Cookbook 245 LDC CCD camera was used on Celestron Ultima 8 f6.3 telescope autoguided with Cookbook 211 LDC CCD camera on piggybacked 500mm f8 telephoto lens. Ten white integrations (240 sec. each) were processed with AIP4WIN.

North is to the right.

Map created in Guide 7.0 - 745' x 10. North is up.

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