The Whirlpool Galaxy
Photographed by Scott Davis on June 8, 2013
From Courtright Reservoir, CA
The Whirlpool Galaxy, catalogued as Messier 51, is a pair of interacting galaxies located in the constellation Canes Venatici. Specifically, the larger galaxy (pictured at right), also known as NGC5194, appears to be absorbing material from the smaller galaxy, NGC5195. The distance is estimated to be approximately 23 million light years from Earth.
Canon EOS 60D
Orion Astrograph 8" f/3.9 Newtonian
Celestron CGEM (Hypertuned)
Orion Shorttube 80mm w/ Starshoot Autoguider
Camera settings were ISO 1600 with 150-second exposures. A total of 38 lights, 10 darks, and 50 each of flats, dark flats, and bias frames were stacked to create this final image. Processed in Photoshop CS6 using Scott Rosen's DSLR LLRGB processing method.
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