M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy - Cropped, 



    
        

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M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy - Cropped

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Meade LX200 10" f/10
Imaging Cameras
Hutech/Canon Spectrum-Enhanced EOS 350D / Digital Rebel XT
Mounts
Mitty Evolution Wedge
Filters
Baader Planetarium UV/IR
Software
photoshop · DeepSkyStacker · EOS Utility · Stellarium · Stark Labs DSLR Shutter

Acquisition details

Dates:
April 10, 2010
Frames:
8x600" (1h 20') ISO1600
Integration:
1h 20'
Darks:
50
Bias:
50
Avg. Moon age:
25.80 days
Avg. Moon phase:
14.97%
Bortle Dark-Sky Scale:
6.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 89094

Resolution: 620x413

Description

This is a 165% cropped enlargement of the full sensor version.

M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy)

The Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194) is an interacting[6] grand-design spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy. Messier 51 is one of the best known galaxies in the sky. The galaxy and its companion (NGC 5195) are easily observed by amateur astronomers, and the two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars. The Whirlpool Galaxy is also a popular target for professional astronomers, who study it to further understand galaxy structure (particularly structure associated with the spiral arms) and galaxy interactions.

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M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy - Cropped, 



    
        

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