The Sunflower Galaxy (M63)

Posted by dcrowson
on Sunday, March 13, 2016

M63 (NGC 5055, UGC 8334, the Sunflower Galaxy and others) is a spiral galaxy located approximately 37 million light-years away in Canes Venatici. It is a member of the M51 Group of galaxies.

Luminance – 24x600s – 180 minutes – binned 1x1
RGB – 8x300s – 40 minutes each – binned 2x2

360 minutes total exposure – 6 hours

Imaged February 28th and March 1st, 9th and 12th, 2016 from Rancho Hidalgo (Animas, New Mexico) with a SBIG STF-8300M on an Astro-Tech AT12RCT at f/8 2432mm.


See my recent refractor image here -

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