Messier 51

The Whirlpool Galaxy, a mear 20+ million lightyears away is one of the greatest showcase galaxies in the Messier catalog. There are actually two galaxies interacting here (NGC 5195). This was my first respectable attempt at LRGB CCD imaging.

Image Details
Camera: QSI 583 ws
Optic: 190mm f/5.3 Mak-Newt
Exposure: 8 R, G, & B x 4 minutes each. 20 Luminance @ 4 minutes.
Mount: Paramount MX
Date: January 20, 2011
Other: Imaged from Stardust Ranch, FL

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Messier 51