Astrophotographs of Messier 102 (M102). For other Messier Object / M102 photos. For other objects see Messier photos
Listings of astrophotos of M102 by Telescope size, viewing conditions, light pollution zone (Bortle), location and equipment.

For visual descriptions of M102 see M102 observing report.
For sketches of how M102 appears to visual observers, see M102 sketches.

M102 Photographed in Telescopes from 0 to 50mm / 0 inches to 2 inches

M102 Photographed in Telescopes from 50 to 102mm / 2 inches to 4 inches

Messier Object: M102
Date: 17/OCT/2017
Time: 2030
Location: East Walpole MA USA
Light Zone/Bortle Zone: 7.5
Telescope Name: Celestron
Telescope Model: XLT102
Telescope Size: 102mm 660mm FL
f-ratio of OTA: f/6.5
Mount: Orion Skyview Pro EQ
Camera: ZWO ASI174mm
Exposure time: 50 minutes
Frames/stacking: 120 25 second subs and 10 25 second darks
Software: Deep Sky Stakert, Registax 6, Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC
Imaged by: Ben Cartwright SASS

M102 Photographed in Telescopes from 102 to 150mm / 4 inches to 6 inches

M102 Photographed in Telescopes from 150 to 200mm / 6 inches to 8 inches

M102 Photographed in Telescopes from 200mm to 250mm / 8 inches to 10 inches

M102 Photographed in Telescopes 250mm to 300mm / 10 to 12 inches

Messier Object: M102
Date: 04/15/2011
Location: Murrieta, Ca
Light Zone/Bortle Zone: 6
Telescope Name: 254N
Telescope Model: SkyWatcher
Telescope Size: 10 inch

Imaged By: ghswen

M102 Photographed in Telescopes Larger than 300mm / Larger than 12 inches

M102 Messier 102 Discussion Threads on the Forum

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M102 Astrophotograph Discussions

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M102 Photograph Submission Instructions

Submit your observations now so you can receive the Messier photo award!
Format to submit, use this template and edit it in a notepad/wordpad:

Messier Object: M102
Date: day/month/2017
Location (Town/City, Province/State, Country) (can be approximate):
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Paste the text into the telescope size and Messier object.
Also paste the thread photo thumbnail as per instructions below.

Please submit into the correct site by:
1) Update your thread with the object photo submission and upload your photo (manage attachments, upload). Keep this window of the thread open as a tab or window
2) Open a new tab by going to the Messier Photos page
2) Go to the object page for the object you want to submit
3) click on Edit for the right telescope size
4) paste your wordpad/notepad edited submission edited from template above into the area, without pasting on top or deleting any previous information
5) paste your thumbnail by selecting and copying the Attached Thumbnail of your messier photo from your main thread
5) update your thread with the submission