Messier object 109 is a barred spiral galaxy. 

Note the central bar, almost complete surrounding ring, and outer arms which launch outward from dust lanes spiraling through the ring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messier 109   25 Feb 08, 23:40 hrs
Meade 14 LX200GPS @ f/6.3, Meade DSI III Pro, IR/UV filter
6 X 4 min with integrated dark frames, 31F air temp.
80mm Orion f/11.3 guidescope with Meade DSI II Color 2 sec exposures/corrections
Stacked in Registax, processed in PhotoShop
Wishing Star Observatory

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