M51, popularly known as the Whirlpool Galaxy, is a face-on spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici. A smaller galaxy, NGC 5195, can be seen interacting with it as the two galaxies pass each other, tidally interacting and distorting one of the spiral arms of M51. Both galaxies lie more than 31 million light-years from our own galaxy. I took this image with a TMB92L refractor telescope, a Hutech-modified Canon T3i DSLR, a Orion SSAG autoguider and 50mm guidescope, all on a Celestron AVX mount.

More Astrophotography

  • photo of the Milky Way rising above the Paint Mines
  • photo of the Milky Way rising above two hoodoos in the Paint Mines
  • photo of Saturn and four of its moons back in 2013
  • photo of a massive sunspot in October 2014
  • photo of the Milky Way from a field in Calhan, Colorado
  • photo of M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy
  • the one day old moon setting behind a tree
  • photo of the 90% solar eclipse from Colorado on August 21, 2017
  • photo of M22
  • photo of the Orion Nebula and the Running Man Nebula
  • photo of the Milky Way from the Paint Mines Open Space in Calhan, Colorado
  • Photo of the crescent day moon
  • photo of the Milky Way from the Paint Mines Open Space
  • photo of a conjunction of the moon, Venus, and Jupiter
  • photo of the Andromeda Galaxy
  • photo of star trails over Colorado Springs
  • photo of Mars on April 5, 2014
  • photo of the total lunar eclipse
  • photo of the total lunar eclipse
  • photo of the total lunar eclipse
  • photo of the Milky Way and the Paint Mines
  • photo of M8, the Lagoon Nebula, and NGC 6544
  • photo of a Orionid meteor and the winter Milky Way
  • photo of the one day old moon
  • photo of the Triangulum Galaxy
  • photo of star trails over the Paint Mines
  • photo of me and the Milky Way
  • photo of Saturn and four of its moons
  • photo of the four day old moon
  • photo of the Double Cluster in the constellation Perseus
  • photo of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
  • photo of Mercury transiting the sun
  • photo of the winter Milky Way
  • photo of the lunar crater Copernicus
  • photo of star trails and a tree
  • photo of the full moon
  • photo of the Dumbbell Nebula
  • photo of the Milky Way and a windmill
  • photo of the Pleiades
  • photo of Jupiter
  • photo of star trails from the Paint Mines
  • photo of the moon during the day
  • photo of the Milky Way from the Paint Mines