Frank's Astrophotos

M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy – Another year, another try

Every year I image the “Whirlpool Galaxy” (really a pair of galaxies interacting with each other,) and every year it gets a little bit better. This year it was shot from our new observatory, on a newly-tuned mount and with some more image processing experience under my belt. It’s also under slightly darker skies, which means I was able to capture a good image with just 6 hours of exposure time. In our previous home, it would’ve taken a week to get an image that isn’t even this good.

M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy

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