The Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici is the classic face on spiral galaxy as we all imagine them to be. Just the right size to fit on the frame of the CCD, and visible most of the year, it makes a tempting target for our camera.
M51 and NGC5195
|Location||Win Green 6th April 2003.|
|Statistics||20 stacked 15s exposures.|
|Equipment used||Helios 8" newtonian reflector Logitech QuickCam Pro 4000 SC Long Exposure Modified (no lens) K3CCDTools, Registax and Photoshop|
This was the first go at this object. Various problems including wind and a slipping clutch on the telescope worked hard against us, so it was most pleasing to get a result of any sort! This shows the large M51, and the smaller NGC5195 in the bottom left. The two galaxies are busily embroiled in a game of cosmic bumper cars... no prizes for guessing who is probably going to win!