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



    
        

            Frank Kane
Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51)
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Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51)

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Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51), 



    
        

            Frank Kane
Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51)
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Revisiting the Whirlpool (M51)

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Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher StarLux 190MN

Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MyT

Software: Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight


Dates:April 28, 2020

Frames: 308x60" (5h 8')

Integration: 5h 8'

Avg. Moon age: 5.03 days

Avg. Moon phase: 26.01%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3471315

RA center: 13h29m45s.1

DEC center: +47°1200

Pixel scale: 1.113 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 265.250 degrees

Field radius: 0.526 degrees


Resolution: 2878x1809

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