Saturday, April 11, 2009

Messier 51, The Whirlpool Galaxy









Messier 51 also called the Whirlpool Galaxy, is a beautiful galaxy in Canes Venatici constallation in the northern sky. NGC5195 on top in the pictures is the smaller dwarf galaxy interacting with M51. It has apparent magniturde 8,6. Being 37 MLYs away from us, I used about 3 hours of exposure time to get this picture with my slow f10 CPC 11 telescope and Canon EOS 40Da. If you look carefully there are also other more distant galaxies (IC4278 and IC4277 with magnitude about 16) in the picture. I have adjusted and finetuned my telescope and it paid off, so far my best galaxy picture. Guided with C80ED.

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