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 M101 Deep Wide Field 
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A gazillion of galaxies in this wide field image centered on the M101 Galaxy and his companion. Big, beautiful spiral galaxy M101 is one of the last entries in Charles Messier's famous catalog, but definitely not one of the least. About 170,000 light-years across, this galaxy is enormous, almost twice the size of our own Milky Way galaxy. M101 was also one of the original spiral nebulae observed by Lord Rosse's large 19th century telescope, the Leviathan of Parsontown.Also known as the Pinwheel Galaxy, M101 lies within the boundaries of the northern constellation Ursa Major, about 25 million light-years away. [Text adapted from APOD]

Optics: Takahashi FSQ-106EDXIII F/3.6 383mm. - APO Refractor
Mount: AP Mach1 GTO
Camera: QSI-683WSG
Filters: Astrodon E Series Gen II LRGB 31mm
Guiding Systems: SX Lodestar
Dates/Times: 10/11 May 2013
Location: Porliod - Aosta - Italy
Exposure Details: L:R:G:B => 210:78:72:66 = > (21x10):(13x6):(12x6):(11x6) All Bin1 [num x minutes]
Cooling Details: -35 C
Acquisition: Voyager, Maxim DL/CCD, TheSkyX
Processing: CCDStack2+, PixInsight, PS CS5
Mean FWHM: 2.45
SQM-L: 21.53/21.32