The "nonexistent" Messier Object M40 in Ursa Major,
which consists of the pair of stars on the left side of this image.
There is a pair of galaxies, NGC4290 and NGC4284 nearby,
but at magnitudes of 12.7 and 14.3 respectively, these would
have been too faint for Messier to have seen them.
There is an even fainter edge-on spiral galaxy MCG+10-18-32 slightly
to the right of the center of this image with a magntude of 17.
This image is a stack of 8 eight minute exposures using an SXV-H9 CCD camera
on a Vixen R200SS 8" f/4 Newtonian equipped with a Paracorr.
The image was calibrated, defect corrected and stacked using AIP4WIN.
This image was cropped from a 1392 x 1040 frame.
Click on the image to view the full frame and see all the faint
fuzzies in the background.