Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

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The interacting galaxies of M51 the Whirlpool and its companion NGC5195 – Total exposure time 6hrs 45mins – close to the limit of my astro-mount’s guiding ability, photographic details below picture.

Galaxy Messier 51 is 31 million light years away from Earth and is a little over 1/4 the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. It has a diameter of circa. 60,000 light years. See the amazing Hubble Space Telescope picture.

The interacting galaxies of the Whirlpool - Total exposure time 6hrs 45mins
The interacting galaxies of the Whirlpool – Total exposure time 6hrs 45mins


Camera


focal length


lens type


aperture


sub-exp


Total Exposure


band


Canon 300Da


1000mm


500mm L


f8


5 mins


2hrs 20mins


visual + IR


Canon 40D


1500mm


C6SCT


f10


5 mins


3hrs 45mins


visual only


SX Lodestar


1500mm


C6SCT


f10


1 min 30s


40.5mins


visual + IR

Please note: Some fine detail especially edge nebulosity is lost when compressing for the web.

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