The Pinwheel Galaxy


Pete Lawrence

Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Skywatcher Quattro 200 CF
NEQ6 Pro
Atik 428EX Mono
Skywatcher ST-80
Baader LRGB filters

This image was created from data collected over two nights, 20 & 21 March. I was really surprised at how bright M51 is, normally I need over 20 hours to get a nice crisp detailed image but this one took just over 11 hours.

It was pleasant to process and I didn’t have to work very hard to bring out the detail, certainly one I will have to get printed for my shed.