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Whirlpool Galaxy
M51 is always a 'work in progress' galaxy ! It is good to practise on due to its position in the sky.

M51 / Galaxy, type S M
R.A.13h 30m 5.751s (2000.0)
Dec.+47° 10' 29.28" (2000.0)
Apparent Size10.8' x 6.6'
Radial Velocity463.0 km/s
Distance37 Mill Light years
Group of Galaxiesn/a
Other IDsUGC8493, MCG 8-25-12,
NGC 5194, PGC47404

M51 is seen here interacting with ngc 5195.ngc 5195 is now believed to be behind ngc 5194. M51

Scope Intes Micro 8" MN86
Mount EQ6 skyscan with SX autoguider
Exposure102 x 120 sec guided
Post-processingAA4, stacked , DDP, Unsharp masking, mild Maximum Entropy, curves in PS2.
Location Claines Top Observatory
Date14th Feb and 14th March 2007

m51 v4.jpg
The reverse image brings out some of the fainter galaxies and detail in m51. m51 v4.jpg