This is another discovery by Charles Messier in 1773. About 80 years later it was established that it was a spiral.
The blob on the left is in fact another galaxy - NGC5195 that is interacting gravitationally with its neighbour. Stars don't crash into eachother, but galaxies do!
This is a 7 hour total exposure, captured over three nights. 5 minute subs. Location central Lyon, France.
A fellow SGL member did a far better job editing this TIFF than what I show here.
Orion 8"RC at f8/1600mm
SW ED80 and Lodestar guiding
Nebulosity 2.5 Capture
PHD Guiding - dithered
AstroArt Preprocessing and Stacking
PS CS5 Edit