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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy and Friends, 



    
        

            Patrick Manley
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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy and Friends

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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy and Friends, 



    
        

            Patrick Manley
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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy and Friends

Acquisition details

Dates:
June 18, 2021
Frames:
40×120(1h 20′)
30×60(30′)
Integration:
1h 50′
Avg. Moon age:
7.73 days
Avg. Moon phase:
53.72%

RA center: 13h29m51s.39

DEC center: +47°1355.7

Pixel scale: 1.074 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 103.891 degrees

Field radius: 1.067 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 6108x3738

File size: 6.0 MB

Locations: Hickory Grove, PA, Susquehanna, PA, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

Taken with Stellarvue SVX102T Refractor with a ZWO ASI2600MC Pro Color Camera.   This image includes 1.8 hours of integration time.  During this session I was trying out the ASI2600MC Pro camera just for fun.    I was also working on zoning in polar alignment and setting up autoguiding on the same telescope.  I actually had to throw out about half of the frames as the mount wasn't balanced the right way as well.  I wanted to practice my workflow for processing images with the color camera, and this limited data set turned out to do the trick.

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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy and Friends, 



    
        

            Patrick Manley