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The Whirlpool Galaxy

Also known as M51, we earthlings see this galaxy as intertwined with its companion galaxy, the dwarf NGC5195, even though they are ~25 million light-years apart. The Whirlpool Galaxy is the brightest member of the M51 Group, which also includes the Sunflower Galaxy. ⁣ We are star dust.

Whirlpool Galaxy Zoomed

Whirlpool Galaxy

Image details:

  • 95x 180” or 4hr, 45 min
  • 20x Darks⁣
  • 40x Flats/Dark Flats⁣
  • 03/20/2020⁣
  • Bortle 6⁣⁣/7⁣

Equipment used:

  • William Optics Gran Turismo 102, f6.9⁣
  • William Optics Flat68III, 1.0x
  • Optolong L-Pro
  • Skywatcher EQ6-R Pro⁣
  • ZWO ASI533MC-Pro, unity gain, -25C⁣
  • ZWO EAF⁣⁣⁣
  • ZWO OAG⁣⁣⁣
  • ZWO ASI290MM-mini⁣⁣⁣


  • KStars/Ekos via INDI Server
  • Raspberry Pi4⁣⁣⁣
  • Deep Sky Stacker
  • Pixinsight⁣⁣⁣