Remember my photo of M82, the so called "star-burst" galaxy? (previous post)
The clearly disrupted centre was caused by its close encounter with another galaxy, M81. This is a fairly easy galaxy to spot with binoculars from a dark sky, though I must admit I struggled to find it at all with the 10" scope. It's also supposed to be one of the easiest galaxies to photograph but as you can see, my first attempt is nothing special. Better to come in the near future I hope, and it shouldn't be too hard to image the spiral arms.