M109: A spiral galaxy in the Big Dipper.

Images taken: April 6-12, 2010, by A. Miller, M. Pennington, D. George; N. Nunley, K. McColl, C. Mauldin.

Telescope: Meade 12 in with f/5.7 focal reducer (f=68in).

Camera: SBIG ST-10 CCD

Exposure: 6 x 20 min red, 5 x 20 min green, 4 x 20 min blue, 1 x 20 min H-alpha (total 5.33 hours).

Image processing: CCDoops + CCDSoft + Photoshop CS.