Sunday, May 4, 2014

Whirlpool Galaxy, M51

Located in the northern constellation Canes Venatici, the Whirlpool Galaxy is approximately 23 million light years away.  Appearing as a face-on type galaxy, it is one of the most famous and often photographed images.  In the image, there are fainter galaxies located around M51 toward the upper right.

5min X 18 RGB
Camera: QHY8pro F/2
Telescope: Celestron 11" Edge HD guided
Mount: Celestron CGE Pro
Location: Lubbock, TX
Dates: Early morning, May 3, 2014
Captured with Nebulosity and guided with PHD guiding. 
Processed with MaxIm DL 5 and photoshop.

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