Pinwheel Galaxy (M101)
in Ursa Major

The Pinwheel Galaxy (also known as Messier 101, M101 or NGC 5457) is a face-on spiral galaxy distanced 21 million light-years away from earth in the constellation Ursa Major. First discovered by Pierre Méchain on March 27, 1781, it was communicated to Charles Messier who verified its position for inclusion in the Messier Catalogue as one of its final entries.

Photographer: Martin Rusterholz

Telescope: RCOS 14.5″ f/8
Mount: ASA DDM85
Camera: Apogee U16M
Filters: Astrodon Gen2
Exposure: LRGB 600:180:180:160 min.