While M97 (the Owl Nebula) and M106 lie very near to each other in the sky, they are actually separated by millions of light years. M97 is a planetary nebula surrounding a dying star within the Milky Way galaxy, where as M108 is another galaxy entirely lying 53 million light years away. From our earthly vantage, they are separated by less than one degree and can easily fit in the same eyepiece view of an amateur telescope.
Takahashi Sky 90 at f/4.5
SBIG STL-4020M + remote head
Hutech LPS filter
Luminance: 2 hours (5 minute exposures)
RGB: 30 minutes each channel (5 minute exposures)
Processed with Maxim/DL and Photoshop CS3
Noel Carboni’s Astronomy Tools