M101 – the Pinwheel Galaxy

Messier 101, the Pinwheel galaxy, 50x180s, Nikon D750a, Astro-Physics 127mm f/8, 0,75x reducer, Losmandy G-11, PixInsight, NoiseXterminator, BlurXterminator, ArcSinH stretch

M101 is a slightly disturbed spiral galaxy we see face on, it is located in the constellation Ursa Major, the big bear. This is the first image I have taken since I updated the G-11 mount with the rectascension extension, which also allows separating the RA and DEC units for portability. I also switched out the original tripod for a Meade Field tripod, which is lighter and packs smaller.

The area around M101 has a nice background of more galaxies, some quite prominent, others way off in the background.