M101 also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy is a face-on spiral galaxy located 21 million light years away from Earth.

Interactions with it's several companion Galaxies have made it asymmetrical in shape.

Imaged with a Nikon D750 attached to the ODK at Austerfield.

15 x 300s @ ISO 800 stacked in Nebulosity and processed in Photoshop.


M51 (The Whirlpool Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy interacting with a smaller dwarf galaxy both located approximately 25 million light years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. It was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy.

Imaged with a Nikon D750 attached to the Orion Optics ODK12 Reflector at the society observatory. Auto-guiding was done with Rhys' guide camera attached to the Takahashi.

20 x 180s and 4 x 300s both at ISO 800 were taken, stacked and processed independently, then blended with further noise reduction applied. Lightroom, Nebulosity and Photoshop (plugins: NC Astro Tools, AstroFlat Pro, Raya Pro 3.0, Nik DeFine 2) were used.