Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

M51 webcam Sergi Verdugo

Exposure: 3x60" unguided
Telescope: Meade Newton LXD-75 6" f5
Filter: Astronomik IR cut 1.25"
Mount:  Meade LXD-75 Autostar
Camera: Webcam Philips Toucam Pro II
Date: 19th March 2007
Location: Vilassar de Mar (suburban site)
Comments: One of my first deep sky images. Shot from my former home at a very light polluted place.

The Whirlpool galaxy Messier (M51 and its companion NGC 5194, which are separeted 4'35") is probably the most wellknown spiral galaxy in the sky.
M51 is the brightest member of a small group of galaxies (M51 group), which also contains M63 and a number of fainter galaxies. It is located at a distance of approximately 37 light-years in the constellation Canes Venatici.