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M51 Whirlpool Galaxy

The Whirlpool Galaxy is a spiral galaxy. It is suspected that at the center of the galaxy there is a super massive black hole, similar to our galaxies.

Distance to earth: 23’000’000 lightyears
Apparent size: 11 arcminutes (0.33 x the moon)

Imaging time: 12.9 hours

Equipment:
Mount: SW AZEQ6GT
Telescope: SW Evostar 80ED
Camera: Atik 460EX Mono

Capture information:
Date: March 2016
Total exposure time: 12.9 hours
Color combination: LRGB

Image data:
40 x 600s LUM
25 x 3 x 300s RGB