Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  IC 4263  ·  IC 4278  ·  M 51  ·  NGC 5194  ·  NGC 5195  ·  Whirlpool Galaxy
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Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51), 



    
        

            Frank Kane
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Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51)

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Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51), 



    
        

            Frank Kane
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Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51)

Acquisition details

Dates:
April 28, 2020
Frames:
308×60(5h 8′)
Integration:
5h 8′
Avg. Moon age:
5.03 days
Avg. Moon phase:
26.01%

RA center: 13h29m44s.95

DEC center: +47°1203.0

Pixel scale: 1.114 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 94.474 degrees

Field radius: 0.526 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 2878x1809

File size: 7.1 MB

Locations: Merritt Island home, Merritt Island, FL, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

Every year I try imaging M51 again, in hopes that better equipment, processing techniques, or conditions will allow me to pull out more of its faint wispy details.

It never works out that way. I think this is just as good as it can get from my red-zone skies.

But it's still pretty.

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Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51), 



    
        

            Frank Kane