Here is my first attempt for 2022 of a widefield rendition of the Whirlpool Galaxy (Messier 51 or M51) which is located in the constellation of Canes Venatici. It is located approximately 31 million light years away from Earth and is known to be the first galaxy to classified as a spiral galaxy. M51 is estimated to be about 60 thousand lights across. Imagine with me… if you were to turn on a light on one end of the galaxy, it would take 60 thousand years before the light can be seen at the extreme other end of the galaxy. This is one gigantic hunk of dust/rocks/gas and ‘whatever else’ sitting in space! When I look at the Whirlpool Galaxy, I see a snail; what do you see? That is one giant snail!
Mount: Explore Scientific EXOS2GT mount
Camera: Altair Hypercam TEC 26c
Main Scope: Skywatcher ED72 APO + flattener
Guiding: Svbony 30mm f/4 + ASI120MC
Exif: 29 frames at 5 mins; Gain 200; Offset 3; TEC to 10 C; focal length 420mm; f/5.6
Astro Pixel Processor, PixInsight, Photoshop, PHD2, Topaz Denoise