The Northern Pinwheel Galaxy... M 101
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This galaxy is also known as Messier 101. The galaxy is high in the NE at midnight in early March near the Big Dipper in the constellation of Ursa Major. I took this with the Celestron 11" telescope at f/7 (using the 0.7x reducer). It is about 22 million light-years away. This large galaxy contains over a trillion stars! In comparison, our Milky Way Galaxy has about 250 billion stars. This is a 4hr 50mn exposure taken between midnight and 3 am on the nights of Mar 6 & 7 (Actually the morning of 7 & 8). Part of a 1hr 50mn exposure with no filter and a 3hr exposure with the Quadband filter. The moon was nearly full and interfered quite a bit.

That 'Techy' Stuf
Telescope: 11" Celestron Edge HD at f/7
Mount: Celestron CGX
Mount setting and alignment via Celestron PWI software
Rig to Indoor Computer Connection: USB 2 196 feet Extender via cat 6 cable
System Alignment: Celestron StarSense
Camera: Altair Hypercam 294c Pro TEC
Binning: 2x2
Sensor Temp: -15°C (5°F)
Filter: None & Altair Quad-narrow band
Settings: Gain: 450(No filter) 1500(filter)
58 Sub-Frames at 300sec ea
Calibration Frames: 24 Darks, 50 Flats for each set
Guiding: Orion Digital StarShoot Mono camera & 60mm Altair Scope
Guiding Software: PHD2 V2.6.7
Capture Software: SharpCap Pro
Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker @ 2x Drizzle
Post processing in PixInsight & Photoshop CC
Focus Controller: Celestron Auto Focuser
Light Pollution: Bortle zone 4.5 (Barely can see the Milky Way)
Sky Condition: 10 (0-10 with 10 the clearest possible)
Lunar Interference: 88% & 95% illuminated Moon.
Temperature: 48°F (2.8°C)
Date: March 7 & 8 (morning), 2020
Location: My Backyard, Savannah, GA

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