Deep Sky Object in Spring
M51 (Whirlpool Galaxy in Canes Venatici)

Date & Time: Feb 3 2017, from 25:51 to 26:24 JST(+0900)
Composed 12 shots with 3 minutes exposed
Optical: Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
Digital Camera: Nikon D810A
Location: Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.

Camera Settings: Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(4080×4080)
Device Size...20×20mm
Sensitivity...ISO6400, White Balance...Daylight

M51 (NGC5194) / Galaxy, type SA(s)bc pec I-II
R.A.13h 29m 53.3s (2000.0)
Dec.+47° 11' 48" (2000.0)
Apparent Size11.2×6.9'
Radial Velocity+551km/s
Distance25.1 million light yrs.
Group of GalaxiesNGC5194 Group
Other IDsUGC8493, MCG8-25-12,
PGC47404, Arp 85
M51 (NGC5194), "The Whirlpool Galaxy", is the brightest and interesting galaxy in the constellation. This spiral is found just 3 degrees SW of eta Ursae Majoris, a tip star of the Big Dipper's handle. The galaxy is 25 million light years away; you'll need a large telescope and a fine evening to enjoy its detailed structure, which includes an appendage system of NGC5195. Another galaxy seemingly hanging onto one of its arms.

⇒ Display the spectral profile of M51
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Finding chart of M51 Finding chart of M51

  You can find M51 starting from eta UMa and via 24 CVn.
(Taken with f=200mm telephoto lens)

M63(Sunflower Galaxy)

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