Photo by Pittendreigh
HOW TO FIND IT:
Find Mizar and Alkaid, the two stars at the end of the dipper's handle. With these two stars, M101 forms a triangle.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
This might be tough to locate. You need to have a steady telescope. Take your time. Scan and stop, focusing your eyes on that area before continuing your search with further scanning and stopping. You can look right at it and miss it. The slightest moonlight, or neighbor's porch light, will make it invisible.
Look for a small oval. You will not see the pinwheel seen in photographs, but you may see a hazy around the oval.