M51 aka Whirlpool Galaxy – Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici

  • AKA NGC 5194

  • Description: - 8th magnitude Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici, about 28 million light years away. North is Down. It is interacting with smaller galaxy NGC 5195.

  • Camera: SBIG STT-8300M @ -35C Sensor Temperature

  • Scope: Astro-Physics AP130EDT, 1085mm at f/8.35

  • Guiding: SBIG FW8G

  • Exposure: 7 x 10 minutes ea Baader RGB

  • Location: near Cayley, Alberta under Bortle 4 skies at 11C

  • Date: 202-05-15

  • Processed in PixInsight with BlurXT and NoiseXT, then final adjustments and satellite trail removal in Photoshop CC

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