The Whirlpool galaxy

Probably the best looking galaxy in the Spring/Summer sky, the whirlpool galaxy (M51) is a popular target for amateur astronomers like me. It is located in the constellation of Canes Venatici, at a distance of 25 million light years. It’s interaction with the dwarf galaxy NGC 5195 is fascinating and hard to comprehend!!

Image acquisition details:

Telescope: Explore Scientific 208mm Newtonian

Camera: Canon Rebel Xs (modified)

Exposure: 37 x 3 minute subs

ISO: 1600

Temperature: 20c

Date: 26 June 2016

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