M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy by David Pickles, Somerset, UK.

David Pickles

Somerset, UK

This image was taken using a QHY8L CCD attached to a Sky-Watcher Explorer 190MN and consists of 12 x 600s exposures, stacked in Nebulosity 3 and processed using Photoshop CS6. Tracking was done with a Starlight Xpress Lodestar and PHD.

This is the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) and is one of my favourite Deep Space Objects as it clearly shows the sheer magnificence and power of gravity. It also shows us a glimpse of what may happen to our own Milkyway Galaxy when it eventually interacts with the Andromeda Galaxy in about 4 billion years.