Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  M 63  ·  NGC 5055  ·  Sunflower galaxy
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Messier 63 (The Sunflower Galaxy), 


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Messier 63 (The Sunflower Galaxy)
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Messier 63 (The Sunflower Galaxy)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Meade LX200 14" ACF

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI071MC-Cool

Mounts: Mountain Instruments MI-250

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Meade LX200 14" ACF

Guiding cameras: Lodestar

Focal reducers: Optec Lepus 0.62x Telecompressor

Software: PixInsight  ·  Interactive Astronomy Sky Roof  ·  Interactive Astronomy Sky Alert  ·  PHD2 Guiding  ·  Sequence Generator Pro

Dates:April 23, 2017April 24, 2017April 25, 2017April 26, 2017April 27, 2017April 30, 2017May 1, 2017May 2, 2017May 3, 2017May 13, 2017May 14, 2017May 24, 2017

Frames: 59x600" (gain: 0.00) -10C

Integration: 9.8 hours

Avg. Moon age: 16.69 days

Avg. Moon phase: 29.80%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 1628404

RA center: 13h 15' 48"

DEC center: +42° 1' 30"

Pixel scale: 1.342 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -101.577 degrees

Field radius: 0.323 degrees

Resolution: 1440x961

Locations: William J. Maloney Observatory, Pontotoc, Texas, United States


This is the first target acquired with the ZWO ASI071 camera and it did not disappoint. Would have had many more exposures if it were not for our playing around with its gain\offset settings. Settled on HDR for 10 minute exposures. Seems to do the best for our tastes.



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Messier 63 (The Sunflower Galaxy), 


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