M101 from BMV Observatories
Messier 101 (M101, NGC 5457) also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy is a magnitude 8.3 face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major, and is located at a distance of about 27 million light years. It has an apparent size of 28.8x26.9 arc minutes.

Date: Jun 2,9,11 2008
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Meade LX200R 12 inch at f/5.9
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera: SBIG ST-8XME / CFW-8
Guiding: ST-8XME integral guiding chip controlled by Maxim CCD
Exposure: LRGB (color 2x2 bin): Luminance: 12x10 min, R:8x5 min, G:8x3.3 min, B:8x6 min
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Chris Abissi did a great job of processing this for me. His resuults were so superior to my own that I am only posting his image.

Comments: A large but faint galaxy. Chris' careful stretching of the spiral arms accentuated the red-magenta nebulas and the young blue star clusters while capturing the warm yellow glow from the old stars making up the core.
Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
M101 The Pinwheel Galaxy
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