Bodes Galaxy is called a grand design spiral galaxy.  It was named after Johann Bode who discovered it on December 31, 1774.  He described it as a "nebulous patch which appears mostly round and has a dense nucleus in the middle".  The faint "smudge" above the galaxy is a dwarf satellite galaxy called Holmberg IX.  Bodes Galaxy is certainly one of the most beautiful objects in the night sky and can be seen without binoculars. 

OTA: Vixen VC200L

Camera: Canon 500D (IR modified)

Mount: CGEM DX

Exposure:  7h 28m

Data obtained:  March/April 2013

Meadowlark Ridge Observatory
Meadowlark Ridge Observatory