"The large-scale homogeneity of the universe makes it very difficult to believe that the structure of the universe is determined by anything so peripheral as some complicated molecular structure on a minor planet orbiting a very average star in the outer suburbs of a fairly typical galaxy."

— Steven Hawking

m 51

m 51

M51 galaxy in Canes Venatici, just off the tip of the handle of the Big Dipper. It's way up high in the sky around 9pm this time of year.

Image is a composite of four images, three 50 minutes images in red green and blue and a two hour image in white light. Mount Takahashi NJP, scope Takahashi refractor TOA-130, camera Starligh Xpress SXVH9 guided through a Borg 76ED.