Whirlpool Galaxy (M51; NGC 5194)

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A face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici at a distance of 13 million light years. It was the first galaxy to be recognized as having spiral structure when it was observed by Lord Rosse in 1845. It is accompanied by a much smaller irregular galaxy, NGC 5195, which is in orbit around it.




 Hohe Wand


+8°C, 60%RH


 Kodak Supra 400

 Exposure Time

 2 * 35 minutes


 Meade 10" f/6,3 + Lumicon GEG (without Lens) + Canon EOS 5000

 effective F.L.

 1750mm (f/6,9)

Mount & Guiding

G-11 & ST-4.

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