Object #18 M51

Wednesday, July 02 2008 @ 08:54 MDT

Contributed by: evilscientist

M51 - Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici
Object # 18 Object Name:M51
Other Names:NGC 5194, Whirlpool Galaxy
RA:13:29:52.60 Dec:47:11:44.00
Constellation:Canes Venatici Season:Spring
Magnitude:8.1 Type:Galaxy - type Sc
From the city this normally impressive object is very challenging. With my 5" scope I was only able to glimpse this object using a higher power eyepiece to improve contrast. Not particular spectacular in light polluted skies, but possible to see.
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