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Saturday, March 15, 2008

M51, Whirlpool Galaxy

M51 is a bright (as a deepsky object) galaxy located in Canes Venatici. Distance from my home town Oulu is about 23 miljon light-years.
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I had hard time with dimmer parts doe the light pollution, IDAS LP filter helpped some, tough. Image is scaled down 50%.
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Exposures: 12 x 900s =3h
- Telescope: Meade LX200 GPS 12"
- Guiding: SXV-AO, active optics unit and LodeStar guider.

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