The Sunflower Galaxy (M63)

Posted by Liors
on Sunday, October 4, 2015

Messier 63 (also known as M63, NGC 5055, or the Sunflower Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici consisting of a central disc surrounded by many short spiral arm segments. Distance- 37MLY from earth.
This image of the Sunflower galaxy I took last spring in three imaging sessions, the first night session I imaged with LUM filter, the second I imaged with RBG filters, the third session I imaged with HA filter.
LUM: 27X720sec ISO-800
R: 11X600sec ISO-1600
G: 11X600sec ISO-1600
B: 11X600sec ISO-1600
HA: 6X900sec ISO-1600
Darks, Bias, Flats added and combined for all light images.
Total integration time- 11,20H
Camera: 450D monomod + TEC, cooled down to 5-6 deg` c`
Filters: Baader 36 round unmounted
Main scope: TNB-130ss f/7 + TSFlat2
Guide scope: WO GT81 f/5.9 + Lodestar
Mount: Losmandy G11 G2
Stacked images: Maxim DL5
Processing: PS CS6

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