Click on the Images for Larger ViewAt the upper left of this image is the spiral galaxy M108 and at the lower right is the planetary nebula, M97, also known as the "Owl Nebula". Both of these object are in the constellation Ursa Major, now seen high in the sky during this Spring season.
Even though it may seem like these two objects are relatively close to each other, it is far from it. The Owl Nebula is 3,000 light years from us and well within our Milky Way galaxy, but M 108 is about 45 million light years away, 15 thousand time further away than the Owl. If you look real close at the enlarged image and your monitor is not adjusted too dark, you'll see a very small galaxy to the lower right of the Owl (right next to a star). Just to the left of the Owl are a few even fainter galaxies all at enormous distances from us.
The almost two hour exposure of the image is a combination of 11 ten minute shots taken with my 190mm Mak/Newt f/5.3 telescope.