Howard H Bower
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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.
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.