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M51 – Whirlpool Galaxy

This image of the Whirlpool Galaxy is a rare case where I didn’t use a refractor to image.  The photo of M51 was captured using my 8″ Orion F/4 Newtonian Astrograph Telescope.

M51 - Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 – Whirlpool Galaxy

Photographed on: May 18, 2014
Total Exposure: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
(30 x 3 Minute Subs – ISO 1600)


Telescope: Orion 8″ F/4 Astrograph Newtonian with Baader MPCC Mark III Coma Corrector
Mount: Sky Watcher HEQ-5 Pro Synscan
Guiding: Meade DSI Pro II and PHD Guiding
Guide Scope: Orion Mini 50mm
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Stock)
Processing Software: Deep Sky Stacker, Photoshop CC

Guided with PHD Guiding
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
Processed in Adobe Photoshop CC