M51 The Whirlpool Galaxy


The famous Whirlpool galaxy M51 was one of Messier's original discoveries: He discovered it on October 13, 1773, when observing a comet. Its companion, NGC 5195, was discovered in 1781 by his friend, Pierre Mechain. The Whirlpool Galaxy is a relatively near neighbor of our own Galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy., ¨only¨ 37 million light years. It was the first "spiral nebula" identified by astronomers.

Wide field view of M51 region. Image is obtained through Celestron 102mm/f5 refractor on Canon EOS 300D. Image is assembled of ten 30-second exposures, two 100second and one 300 second exposures at 1600 ASA (dark substracted and processed in Photoshop - field of view is 1,5x1 degree)

Galaxy NGC 5198, magnitude 11.8


Image obtained through a Celestron 9,25 at f3,3 and Pixcel 237 CCD (8x40 second exposure and 37x25 second exposure are stacked together in CCDSoftv5 and AIP for Win).


Color i mage taken with Celestron Pixcel 237 CCD camera through a C8 at f:3,3. LRGB image is assembled of luminance image (20x30 second) and RGB image ( Red 15x30 second, Green 7x30 second and Blue 16x30 second). Processed in Photoshop.

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