M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

This is my latest attempt at capturing the popular M51 Whirlpool Galaxy and was taken using a QHY8L and Sky-Watcher Explorer 190MN, consisting 12 x 600s exposures, stacked in Nebulosity 3 and processed using Photoshop CS6. The Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as Messier 51 or NGC 5194) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici and is interacting with its companion (NGC 5195). These galaxies are approximately 26 million light years away and are pulling each other apart with their gravitational pull.


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.

2014-03-25T00:00:00

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