Messier 81 (also known as NGC 3031 or Bode's Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy about 12 million light-years away, in the constellation Ursa Major. Due to its proximity to Earth, large size, and active galactic nucleus (which harbors a 70 million M☉ supermassive black hole). Messier 81 was first discovered by Johann Elert Bode on December 31, 1774.
- Location: Kissimmee Prairie State Park
- Scope: Vixen VMC200L
- Camera: Fli ML8300 with CFW2-7 and Astrodon Filters
- 600 sec subs LRGB for 9 hour in Maxim DL
- Combined in Maxim DL and processed in Pixinsight
- Taken 2/08/16