M81 - Bode's Galaxy's bright central core at mag 6.8 can be seen easily with binoculars; it is located between the bucket of the Big Dipper and Polaris.  This 80 minute exposure taken on April 17, 2004 reveals the fainter spiral arms.    Bode's Galaxy is abou 12 million light years away and only about 150,000 light years away from the irregular galaxy M82,  which was deformed a few hundred millions years ago by a close encounter with the larger M81.