Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  M 51  ·  NGC 5194  ·  NGC 5195  ·  Whirlpool galaxy
M51  The Whirlpool Galaxy, 


            Van Macatee
M51  The Whirlpool Galaxy
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M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Explore Scientific ED80 Air-Spaced Triplet Apochromatic Refractor

Imaging cameras: Canon T3i

Mounts: Orion Sirius EQ-G

Software: PixInsight  ·  Stark Labs Nebulosity 2  ·  PHD GUIDING

Accessory: Orion Star Shoot Autoguider  ·  dew buster

Dates:Feb. 27, 2014

Frames: 20x600" (3h 20')

Integration: 3h 20'

Avg. Moon age: 27.42 days

Avg. Moon phase: 4.96%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 191152

RA center: 13h29m51s.1

DEC center: +47°1145

Pixel scale: 1.850 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 92.322 degrees

Field radius: 0.210 degrees

Resolution: 620x397

Locations: Rutledge GA, USA, rutledge, ga, United States


This image was first light for a 2X Barlow I just added to the kit. Even with the Barlow, It is heavily cropped. Not completely happy with it yet but not bad for a first cut...


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M51  The Whirlpool Galaxy, 


            Van Macatee