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M51
The Whirlpool Galaxy

Photographs by Matthew T. Russell

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Messier Number:
M51

NGC Number:
NGC 5194

Common Name:
The Whirlpool Galaxy

Constellation:
Canes Venatici

Distance from Earth:
~37 Million Light Years

Visual Magnitude:
8.0

Size:
11.0 x 7 arc minutes

M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy

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Date Taken:
2/2/2006

Location:
Black Forest, CO

Equipment:
16" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien
Bisque Paramount ME
SBIG STL-11000M
AstroDon Series I Filters

Exposure Specs:
330 minutes total
Lum: 10x15 min
Red: 6x10 min
Grn: 6x10 min
Blu: 6x10 min

Processed with:
MaximDL v4
Adobe Photoshop CS

Copyright 2006, Matthew T. Russell. All rights reserved.