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SVX152T - Whirlpool

SVX152T - Whirlpool

Posted by Brian Meyers on 2nd Jul 2024

Brian Meyer’s caught this mystifying image of the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51a) in Canes Venatici with his SVX152T. This galaxy is roughly 23 million light-years away from Earth and has a diameter of about 76,900 light-years in diameter. Radio images of the Whirlpool have clearly demonstrated that it and its companion galaxy (M51b) are interacting.



  • RGB – 4h
  • Lum – 9h15’
  • Scope – Stellarvue SVX152T
  • Imaging Cam - ZWO 2600MM Pro
  • Filters – Optolong SHO 3nm | Antlia RGB
  • Mount – Sky Watcher AZ-EQ6R

Other Designations: M51, M51a, Messier 51, NGC 5194.


Wikipedia contributors. (2024, June 11). Whirlpool Galaxy. Wikipedia.

Jones, T. (2023, August 4). The Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). AstroBackyard.

Messier 51 (The Whirlpool Galaxy) - NASA Science. (n.d.).