Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  M 63  ·  NGC 5055  ·  Sunflower galaxy
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Messier 63 -- The Sunflower Galaxy, 



    
        

            Charles Ward
Messier 63 -- The Sunflower Galaxy
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Messier 63 -- The Sunflower Galaxy

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Messier 63 -- The Sunflower Galaxy, 



    
        

            Charles Ward
Messier 63 -- The Sunflower Galaxy
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Messier 63 -- The Sunflower Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph

Imaging cameras: QSI 683 wsg-8

Mounts: AVX

Focal reducers: MPCC

Software: PixInsight


Dates:Feb. 21, 2015

Frames:
Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 12x300" (1h) bin 1x1
Astrodon Green Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 12x300" (1h) bin 1x1
Astrodon Luminance Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 25x300" (2h 5') bin 1x1
Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 12x300" (1h) bin 1x1

Integration: 5h 5'

Avg. Moon age: 2.90 days

Avg. Moon phase: 9.19%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 559929

RA center: 13h15m35s.8

DEC center: +42°0119

Orientation: -166.034 degrees

Field radius: 0.481 degrees


Resolution: 2000x1500

Description

Happily, got a chance to get some time under clear skies this weekend. Dew was aggressive, unfortunately, so I had to abort my work on the cone nebula and switch to the newtonian, which doesn't dew under nearly any circumstance. The guidescope does, however, and I was constantly mopping it down (I am not about to wipe my APOs optics, but I don't really care about the guidescope :-)). But seeing seemed to be quite good, and I think I managed to pull out more details from this than in my previous shot of M51.

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Messier 63 -- The Sunflower Galaxy, 



    
        

            Charles Ward