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



    
        

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M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy
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M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy

Equipment

Imaging Telescopes Or Lenses
Meade LX200 10" f6.3 Classic
Imaging Cameras
Mallincam Hyper Plus
Mounts
Meade Super wedge
Accessories
Celestron f/6.3 FR/FF
Software
PHD guiding · Miloslick (Mallincam Control for Mac)
Guiding Telescopes Or Lenses
Sky-Watcher 8x50mm Finder/Guider
Guiding Cameras
Orion Starshoot Autoguider

Acquisition details

Dates:
April 14, 2012
Frames:
1x56" (56")
Integration:
56"
Avg. Moon age:
23.20 days
Avg. Moon phase:
38.92%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 148550

RA center: 13h29m58s.6

DEC center: +47°1507

Pixel scale: 1.817 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -169.317 degrees

Field radius: 0.202 degrees

Resolution: 640x480

Locations: Driveway Observatory, Springfield, MO, United States

Description

The Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194) is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy that is estimated to be 23 ± 4 million light-years from the Milky Way Galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is one of the most famous galaxies in the sky. The galaxy and its companion (NGC 5195) are easily observed by amateur astronomers, and the two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars.The Whirlpool Galaxy is also a popular target for professional astronomers, who study it to further understand galaxy structure (particularly structure associated with the spiral arms) and galaxy interactions.

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M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy, 



    
        

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