M51 – Whirlpool Galaxy

Location of photo
The Dark Sky Preserve in North Frontenac, Plevna, ON, Canada
Date/Time of photo
July 11, 2018
Imaging telescope or lens: Sky Watcher 150/750 Sky Watcher Black Diamond Imaging camera: QHYCCD QHY 163C Mount: SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro (EQMOD) Guiding telescope or lens: Orion 60mm Multi-Use Guide Scope with Helical Focuser Guiding camera: Orion Starshoot Autoguider Focal reducer: Sky-Watcher Coma corrector f/5 Filter: IDAS LPS D1
The Whirlpool Galaxy is located 23.16 million light years from us. It contains 100 billion stars. To create this image 18 sub-frames each exposed for duration of 5 minutes were taken. The final image was created using those frames in the process called stacking.
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