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Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51a, M51a, and NGC 5194, is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy with a Seyfert 2 active galactic nucleus. It lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, and was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. M51 is located about 23.16 million light years from Earth.

Camera: Nikon Z6ii
Lens: Nikon 500mm PF f/5.4
Mount: iOptron SkyGuider Pro
Guide Scope: ZWO 120 Mini Guide Scope
Guide Camera: ZWO ASI120 Mini
Other: ZWO ASIAir Pro
20x120" images stacked and processed

Link to full resolution image: M51 Astrobin