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Contains:  NGC 5198, NGC 5195, Whirlpool galaxy, M 51, NGC 5194, IC 4263, NGC 5173, NGC 5169
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Messier 51 - the Whirlpool galaxy, 


Messier 51 - the Whirlpool galaxy

Messier 51 - the Whirlpool galaxy

Technical card

Resolution: 5208x3476 job: 2012622

RA center: 202.520 degrees

DEC center: 47.201 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.100 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 259.499 degrees

Field radius: 0.956 degrees


I got a break in the weather Sunday night, the first in over a month! Still, there was high cloud to battle with and I am sure that all night long there was what I can only describe as a misty murk in the sky, not to mention the massive dome of white light being emitted off Europe's largest milk and dairy factory nearby! I managed to get 34 below average subs at 4 minutes long each, using my 8" reflector and a modified Canon 650D. The weather seems to be improving over the next few days, so I might try again - perhaps with some slightly longer subs too. I am happy with the result all things considered...



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Messier 51 - the Whirlpool galaxy,