Object name: M109

Designation(s): M109,

A more normal barred spiral and one much more like our own galaxy is M109. It is located about 50,000 light years away. Again that is only an approximate distance. The other bright galaxies in the field have about the same radial velocity so they are probably associated with M109 gravitationally. The bright one at the bottom right is UGC 6923. The one under M109 is UGC 6940 and the one to the left is UGC 6969. Oddly, the smudge directly below UGC 6969 and above a bright star wasn\'t in the Aladin database I checked. The dimmer one right of it was, it is LEDA 2832098. For more see: http://messier.seds.org/m/m109.html

This was one of my very first digital images and shows it. I do need to retake this one as I lost star color and faint features to my ignorance at the time.

14\" LX200R @ f/10, L=10x5\' RGB=3x5\', STL-11000XM, Paramount ME