M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

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This classic Messier object is a favorite destination and one of the most imaged in the sky. The dramatic interaction of spiral galaxy M51 assimilating the material of smaller galaxy NGC 5195 is a sight that I always find breath taking.

 

Cloudy skies and moon lit nights have prevented me from adding color to this work in progress.



Date Imaged       :

April 27, 2012

Lens       :

N16 f/4.5

Camera       :

ST10XME

Exposure       :

2 hours

Filter       :

L 20x6 minutes

Mount       :

Losmandy Titan

Location       :

Stardust Observatory, Baguio