A nice clear night last night until around 12:30 when clouds rolled in. Managed to get this image of the lovely M51 Whirlpool galaxy. It lies around 23 million light years away and it is interacting with a smaller galaxy (yellow~ish bulge to the left). Three supernova (star explosions) have been detected in this galaxy since 1994. There's more detail here but I think I'm pushing things with an 80mm scope.
* Imaging Scope: Astrotelescopes 80mm ED Refractor
* Imaging Camera: Nikon D7000
* Guiding Scope: William Optics 66mm Petzval Refractor
* Guiding Camera: Orion Starshoot AutoGuider
* Mount: Celestron CGEM
* Exposures: 15 * 8 minute lights, 9 * 8 minute darks, 30 bias frames
* ISO 1250
* Aligned and Stacked in Deep Sky Stacker
* Post-Processing Dynamic Photo HDR, LightRoom and Photoshop.