Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  IC 4263  ·  IC 4277  ·  M 51  ·  NGC 5194  ·  NGC 5195  ·  Whirlpool Galaxy
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M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy, 


            Kyle Pickett
M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy
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M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Meade LX 80 SC

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro

Mounts: Orion Atlas EQ-G

Guiding cameras: QHYCCD QHY 5-III 290M

Focal reducers: Meade f6.3 focal reducer/field flattener f6.3 focal reducer/field flattener

Software: APT Astro Photograhy Tool  ·  Adobe Phosotshop CC 2020  ·  Astro Pixel Processor  ·  PHD2

Filters: ZWO LRGB 1.25" optimized for ASI1600

Accessory: ZWO EAF Focuser  ·  OAG

Dates:March 1, 2021

Frames: 220x45"

Integration: 2.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 17.13 days

Avg. Moon phase: 93.78%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4301210

RA center: 13h 29' 53"

DEC center: +47° 12' 25"

Pixel scale: 0.615 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 87.580 degrees

Field radius: 0.406 degrees

Resolution: 3757x2904

Locations: Home Observatory, Springfield, Missouri, United States

Data source: Backyard


An attempt at M51 under nearly full moon and bright suburban lights. I'm looking forward to shooting this as the moon heads toward new moon.



  • M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy, 


            Kyle Pickett
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    M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy, 


            Kyle Pickett

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Sky plot


M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy, 


            Kyle Pickett