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,
Meade 14” LX200GPS @ f/6.3, Meade DSI III Pro, IR/UV filter
6 X 4 min with integrated dark frames, 31°F 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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