NGC5236 – The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Messier 83 (also known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, M83 or NGC 5236) is a barred spiral galaxy approximately 15 million light-years away in the constellation Hydra. It is one of the closest and brightest barred spiral galaxies in the sky, making it visible with binoculars.

Taken with a Celestron C9.25XLT SCT, 18.7 hours total exposure (multiple shots, guided), QHY8 CCD, Paramount MX using TheSkyX Professional.  Shots taken with Nebulosity, post processing with MaximDL, Nebulosity and GIMPShop on Ubuntu.