M108 is a nice edge on barred spiral galaxy located in Ursa Major that was discovered by Pierre Méchain on February 19, 1781. It's not one of the objects included by Messier in his final published catalogue but was added much later by Owen Gingerich in 1953. This was based on analysis of notes written by Messier and Méchain, suggesting that it was intended for inclusion in a later version. William Herschel independently rediscovered the galaxy on April 17, 1789. (from freecharts.com)
I had a few rare evenings of clear weather around the quarter moon. Unfortunately, I'm surrounded by snow and that makes things a lot brighter. Still, I shouldn't complain about any clear sky. Each night, I tried to image a galaxy that I had never tried before. Even though M 108 is a Messier object, it was new to me. Just over 7 hours with an AT8RC on an AZ-EQ6. I used an ASI1600MM-C with Baader L,R,G,B filters. Captured with SGP and processed in APP with touchups in ST and PS. Comments and suggestions appreciated.