M51 Whirlpool Galaxy


Mark Griffith

Swindon, Wiltshire. UK

Celestron c11 sct, Skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount,Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik LRGB filters.

Spiral galaxy colliding with it’s companion galaxy. 15 million light years away in the constellation of canes venatici.

My favourite small spiral galaxy to image as you always capture lots of dust lane detail and colour.

Was hoping to collect a couple of more hours of data but the weather is very poor this month.

Data collected over two nights 23th January 2014 & 2nd February 2014

LRGB image with 3 hours 55 minutes of data. 20 x 5min Lum, 9 x 5min Red, 9 x 5min green & 9 x 5min blue.