M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy

Galaxies in constellation Canes Venatici. The larger spiral galaxy is M51, or NGC 5194. It is interacting with a smaller galaxy (above it in this photo), NGC 5195.

Date: May 5, 2002
Exposure: 90 minutes
Telescope: LX200 10" @ f/10
Guiding: SBIG STV
Camera: Olympus OM-1
Film: Kodak Royal Gold 200
Scanned: Hewlett Packard S20
Processing: Adobe Photoshop 6

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