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M51

The Whirlpool Galaxy (also known as Messier 51a, M51a, or NGC 5194) is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy located at a distance of approximately 23 million light-years in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is one of the most famous spiral galaxies in the sky. The galaxy and its companion (NGC 5195) are easily observed by amateur astronomers, and the two galaxies may even be seen with binoculars. The Whirlpool Galaxy is also a popular target for professional astronomers, who study it to further understand galaxy structure (particularly structure associated with the spiral arms) and galaxy interactions.
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m51_jt01.jpg
Bagged by: Julian Tworek
Date: 1 March 2003
Method: LX200 10", MX716 CCD, F3.3, Red 6 x15 sec, Green 5x15 sec, Blue 5x15 sec, Luminance 5x15 secs - all averaged together.
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m51_kr01.jpg
Bagged by: Keith Rickard
Method: LX200 8", F3.3, SBIG ST-7XME CCD
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m51_rp01.jpg
Bagged by: Roger Pickard
Date: 6 May 2004, 23:41 UT)
Method: LX200 12", Hale CCD, 30 seconds
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m51_aw01.jpg
Bagged by: Andrew Wilson
Method: LX200 8", MX916 CCD.
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