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Photographer:

Howard H Bower

Email:

hbower7@cox.net

Location of Photo:

Chandler, AZ

Date/Time of photo:

March, 2013

Equipment:

The above image was taken with a TEC 140ED refractor telescope and a QSI 583wsg CCD camera. Total exposure through LRGB filters just under 20 hours.

Description:

The Whirlpool Galaxy (Messier 51 or NGC 5194) is estimated to be approximately 25 million light years from our Milky Way. It is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venateci.

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