The Sunflower Galaxy (M63)

Posted by CraigAndTammy
on Monday, April 20, 2009
by Craig and Tammy Temple
This unbarred spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici, was the first galaxy discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1779. It's many flocculent spiral arms resemble a sunflower bloom. This image was taken on April 11, 2009. It is a total of 3 hours integration time and the temperature was about 52° F.

  • Celestron C8 SCT with Celestron f/6.3 FR/FF
  • Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD, Guided
  • Canon 350D (self-modified) w/Astronomik EOS Clip IR filter + 2" Hutech IDAS LPS filter
  • 60 180s @ ISO 1600
  • Captured/Calibrated/Registered/Stacked/Initial processing in IP 3.75
  • Post processed in Photoshop CS4/Gradient XTerminator/Noise Ninja.
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