M81, a beautiful spiral galaxy of Sb-type is approx. 7 mill. ly away. The faint patch near the lower edge of the image is Holmberg IX, an irregular satellite galaxy of M81.
Canon EOS 20D Modified Canon 20D mounted on a Vixen R200SSDG(8"/F4)+ Televue Paracorr. 36x300sec/ISO800 with IDAS-LPS filter. Calibration and stacking, averaging, color balancing, sharpening in Images Plus and Photoshop CS2.