M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy is a spiral galaxy located approximately 30 million light years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. Behind the the Whirlpool Galaxy lies NGC5195, a dwarf galaxy that is directly interacting with M51. If you were to look in the night sky, this object would be located off from the star that forms the tip of the handle of the big dipper.
Image Info: 31x5min @ iso800, 10 darks, 30 flats, 30 bias
Imaging Scope: 14" Meade LX200 GPS F/10
Guide Scope: 110mm William Optics Refractor
Software Used: Focusing-Nebulosity, Image Acquisition-ImagePlus CC 3.5, Guiding-PHD, Processing- ImagePlus 3.5 and Photoshop CS3
Credit: Will Jackson, Kevin Bartee 4-9-2010