M101 the Pinwheel Galaxy
As last night was lovely and clear I could not resist going out to the Obsy. It’s just coming into galaxy season now so M101 was the main target of the evening. I should have used the newt but I gave somebody a loan of my collimator so had to stick with the ZS70. I think I imaged this years ago when I had a canon 350d, so time to revisit an old friend!
M101 is a face-on spiral galaxy in Ursa-Major (the plough to you and me), its about 21 million light years away, so a lot further out than Andromeda, our next door neighbor at only 2.25 million light years but is around 70% larger.
I also did an annotated version – PGC stands for Primary Galaxy Catalog, you can see I picked up a lot of these faint and distant galaxies, would love to know what the most distant one is!