Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  IC 4263  ·  M 51  ·  NGC 5169  ·  NGC 5194  ·  NGC 5195  ·  NGC 5198  ·  Whirlpool galaxy
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Whirlpool Galaxy and friends, 


            Frank Kane
Whirlpool Galaxy and friends
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Whirlpool Galaxy and friends

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Sky-Watcher StarLux 190MN

Imaging cameras: Atik 383L+

Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MyT

Software: Software Bisque The Sky X Pro  ·  Adobe Phosotshop CS6  ·  Pleiades Astrophoto PixInsight

Accessory: MoonLite Focuser w/High Res Stepper Motor

Dates:April 3, 2019

Frames: 158x120"

Integration: 5.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 27.81 days

Avg. Moon phase: 3.32%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2624973

RA center: 13h 30' 10"

DEC center: +47° 1' 48"

Pixel scale: 1.112 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 267.797 degrees

Field radius: 0.534 degrees

Resolution: 2586x2297

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

Data source: Backyard


M51, its companion NGC 5195, and many distant galaxies in the background. Taken in spite of heavy light pollution and 90%+ humidity in a Florida suburb - dew was literally dripping off the scope and the dew shield by the end of the night. Most subs just looked white from reflected water vapor when stretched; I'm amazed this much detail came out of it.



Frank Kane
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Whirlpool Galaxy and friends, 


            Frank Kane