Discovered by Johann Elert Bode in 1774. At first it was thought to be a simple cloud of gas. Located in the constellation Ursa Major (the Big Dipper). Easily seen through small telescopes it appears as a fuzzy star, with bigger scopes the spiral arms appear. The galaxy is located approximately 11.8 million light years.
This image is the first in a series of collecting and stacking. As time goes on data will be added and better resolution/contrast will be seen.