The Whirlpool Galaxy – Take 1

The journey continues…
It’s galaxy season, and what do you during galaxy season? Well you try to capture galaxies 😊. Here is my first attempt at autoguiding and capturing the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). This galaxy is located in the constellation of Canes Venaciti and it is some 23.16 light years away from Earth. According to the literature, embedded in the center of the Whirlpool Galaxy is a supermassive black hole that emits powerful x-rays. It’s the first galaxy to be catalogued as a spiral galaxy.

Gear: Canon 77D + Omegon Pro RC6 + field flattener + ES EXOS2GT Mount

Guiding: Askar FMA180 + ASI 120MC

Exif: 17 subs @ 300 seconds; f/9; ISO 3200; focal length 1370mm; 40% waxing gibbous moon

Processing: DeepSkyStacker, PixInsight, Photoshop

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