Whirl­pool Galaxy (M51)

Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

The Whirl­pool Galaxy, known as M51 in Charles Messiers cata­logue, was dis­covered 1773. This spir­al galaxy shines at 8.4mag from a dis­tance of 15 mil­lion lightyears in the con­stall­a­tion of Canes Ven­at­ici. The main object ist inter­act­ing with its com­pan­i­an, NGC 5194.

This image shows the fam­ous spir­al galaxy in field of about 3°x3° with vari­ous back­ground galax­ies. North is left in this image.

Details

Tele­scope:
Mount:
Cam­era:
Fil­ters:
Expos­ure:
Loc­a­tion:
Author:
Taka­hashi FSQ-106EDX III
ASA DDM85
Andor CG16M
Astro­don Gen2
LRGB 220:190:180:170 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Whirl­pool Galaxy

M51 Galaxy Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz Skychart

Image cre­ated by Skychart

About Me

Hello, my name is Martin Rusterholz. I’m a Swiss amateur astrophotographer living near Zurich, the biggest town in Switzerland. My interest in astronomy started when I was 16. At that time, I built my first Newtonian telescope and mount. I studied physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) which was the only study including at least some aspects of astronomy and astrophysics. “Looking at the nights sky is an experience touching everybody deeply inside, something common to all human beings independent to the language spoken by the individuals”. Deep-sky astrophotography is my passion.

Cat­egory

Tags