M 51 - NGC 5194 - Arp 85 - Whirlpool Galaxy
(image down sampled 0.75x, click on above for full )
FS-128 (ag, ST-4)
ST-2000XM LRGB 10 minute subs
M 51 is two
interconnected galaxies located in Canes Venatici. According to Burnham,
M51 (the Whirlpool Galaxy) was discovered in 1773 and was the first galaxy found
to show a spiral form (1845 by Lord Rosse). M51 is about 35 million light
years distant and is one of the nearest and brightest of the galaxies).
Image acquired during a 2nd quarter Moon.