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Hi everybody,

M 51 is interesting because it is one of the next galaxies with an active galactic core, a type II Seyfert galaxy. In its centre there is a super-massive black hole. Unfortunately it is not visible in my image :-)
As a little treat I found a tiny small asteroid in the raw images, which slowly passed M 51 within the 5 hours of the luminance shots on the right. The video can be found here: https://youtu.be/wHPw9X5bkR8

 

This is a 60% crop of the original field:

medium_m51-2018-lrgb-crop.jpg

 

bigger, data and more information about M 51:

http://www.spaceimag...laxies/m51-2018

https://www.astrobin.com/333025/E/

 

Regards
Jens

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Excellent image, love the little video of the asteroid, do you have any way to identify it? Is this taken with the f/4 Newt in your signature?

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Superb depth and detail - very nice!

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Very nice capture.

A check on CdC and Sky Safari reveals the asteroid to be 19th Magnitude (239957) 2001 GD1, a main belt object with a very high orbital inclination.

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Thank you all for your kind words. And Luke thanks for finding the asteroid.

The image is taken with my 10" newtonian an ecxcellent scope.

regards
Jens

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Not a lot to criticise in this image.  Stunning.  I especially like the contrast between the vibrancy of the galaxy and the mistiness of the of the tails.

Chris

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Wonderful imaged - well done!

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Looks perfect to me....a gorgeous shot lovely star colour superb detail and deep...what more can be said

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Lovely!  Makes me wanna go out and shoot it again

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Right, M 51 is a real beauty.

Thank you.

Jens

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Jens, that has to be one of the best captures of M51 that I've ever seen.  I certainly have never seen the tidal wave and outer parts of the galaxies extend so far.  A remarkable image of a beautiful target. Congratulations. 

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Hi Peter,

I have seen some much better images of M51, but thank you anyway :-) 

jens

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4 minutes ago, Jedi2014 said:

I have seen some much better images of M51

Give two different people exactly the same data and they would probably come up with different results; one emphasizing one aspect, the other another. On what basis does one decide that one end result is "better"? Can anyone answer that question? I certainly can't, I just know what I like when I see it. All of which makes me very pleased that astrophotography is a hobby and not a competition.

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