Pinwheel Galaxy: This great galaxy is for me one of the highlights of the northern sky. In a distance of 22 Mio LY it displays for us in a stunning face-on view all the features of a spiral galaxy: Wide spread arms with many star generating areas and structured dust lanes.

In this wide field view three other galaxies can be recognized:NGC 5474 in the lower left corner, NGC 5477 as a dim disc not far from the center and bright NGC 5473 at the right center rim.

Here you find a cropped version of this image.



Object Pinwheel Galaxy
Category Galaxies
Designation M 101
Constellation Ursa Majoris
Optics TMB 130 f/6
Mount Astro-Physics 900 GTO
Camera QHY8/ALccd 6c
Exposure 28 x 5min, IDAS LPS filter, Maxim DL for image acquisition
Calibration No Dark- and Flat Frame
Guiding Meade DSI Pro II and TMB 80 as Guide Scope, Guiding Software: Maxim DL
Processing ImagesPlus, Photoshop
Location-Date Eningen, Germany - 19 June 2007
Remark First Light for AP 900 GTO!
 
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