M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy


Gavin James


Skywatcher HEQ5-Pro, Celestron EdgeHD 800, Canon EOS 60D, Celestron OAG with QHY5-II guide camera.

The beautiful Whirlpool Galaxy is my first galaxy image with the Celestron EdgeHD 800 that I purchased earlier this year specifically to photograph galaxies. I’m very happy with the outcome. It has taken a lot of learning to get to this point. The journey has been both interesting and frustrating, but the results have been worth the effort. This image was taken over two nights (09-04-14 & 18-04-14) and is a total of 6 hours of data.