Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  IC 4263  ·  M 51  ·  NGC 5194  ·  NGC 5195  ·  Whirlpool galaxy
M51 - 2nd crop, 



    
        

            Florian Drews
M51 - 2nd crop
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M51 - 2nd crop

M51 - 2nd crop, 



    
        

            Florian Drews
M51 - 2nd crop
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M51 - 2nd crop

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Sky-Watcher 130/650 PDS
Imaging Cameras
Canon 450D Canon DSLR
Mounts
Sky-Watcher HEQ5 PRO
Filters
Astronomik CLS Canon EOS Clip
Accessories
Skywatcher Coma Corrector
Software
Adobe Photoshop · Luc Coiffier DeepSkyStacker (DSS) · APT · PHD guiding · EQMod EQASCOM · stellarium 0.12.4
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Sky-Watcher 9x50 Finder Guider
Guiding Cameras
QHY-5 mono

Acquisition details

Dates:
March 3, 2014
Frames:
Astronomik CLS Canon EOS Clip: 42x300" (3h 30') ISO800
Integration:
3h 30'
Darks:
40
Flats:
20
Bias:
100
Avg. Moon age:
2.39 days
Avg. Moon phase:
6.34%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 195187

RA center: 13h30m13s.2

DEC center: +47°1221

Pixel scale: 1.822 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 107.914 degrees

Field radius: 0.536 degrees

Resolution: 1722x1234

Locations: Cardiff backyard, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Description

The Whirlpool Galaxy is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. Recently it was estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy, but different methods yield distances between 15 and 35 million ly.

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M51 - 2nd crop, 



    
        

            Florian Drews