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M 51

Whirlpool Galaxy

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Technical details:

Location / Date: Outside of Kopparberg, Västmanland, Sweden / 2018-March

Optics: Orion Optics UK AG12

Mount: 10 Micron GM1000 HPS (Unguided)

Camera: Canon Atik One 6.0 with Astrodon 1,25" L-RGB Gen 2 E-Series Filterset

Exposure: L:49 x 240s, R: 11 x 240s, G:15 x 240s, B:17 x 240s

(cumulative exposure time is 6 hours and 4 minutes)

Processing: Pixinsight and Photoshop

 

Image details:

The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51a, M51a, and NGC 5194, is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus. It lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, and was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. Its distance is estimated to be between 15 and 35 million light-years. (Information from Wikipedia)

 

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