Southern Pinwheel Galaxy: A stunning face-on view of this huge galaxy, about 12 to15 million light years distant. It has all the features of a relatively young spiral galaxy: Star forming regions can be observed as blue and pink knots in the spiral arms. Also the huge dust bands indicate that there is a lot of genesis going on in this star island. Milky Way would probably look quite similar from a distance of millions of light years.
Also  notice the two galaxies to the lower left, which are much more distant.

For an image witha 20" telescope click  here

Object Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
Category Galaxies
Designation M 083
Constellation Hydra
Optics Meade LX 200 GPS 10 inch f/10
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera SBIG STL 11000M with internal CFW 5
Exposure 5 x 10min (1x1 bin) Luminance, 5 x 5min each (2x2 bin) RGB. Astrodon True Balance filterset. Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration Dark Frame
Guiding Selfguiding
Processing Maxim DL5, Photoshop. Color Code LRGB
Location-Date Somerset West, South Africa - 3 Mar 2009
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