Contains: Sunflower galaxy, M 63, NGC 5055
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M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens: Planewave CDK14

Imaging camera: SBIG STT 8300M

Mount: Paramount ME II

Guiding telescope or lens: Planewave CDK14

Guiding camera: SBIG STT 8300M

Software: CCDWare CCDAutoPilot 5CCDWare CCDStack 2Adobe Photoship CCPixInsight

Filter: Baader 50mm H7,O8,S8 and LRGB

Resolution: 3298x2445

Dates: June 29, 2017

Frames: 110x600"

Integration: 18.3 hours

Avg. Moon age: 5.90 days

Avg. Moon phase: 34.48% job: 1724400

RA center: 198.954 degrees

DEC center: 42.031 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.437 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 335.390 degrees

Field radius: 0.249 degrees

Locations: Sierra Remote Observatory, Auberry, California, United States


32 Lum, 21 Red, 31 Green, 25 Blue. All 10 min 1x1. Color masters were added to the luminance to create a Super Luminance. After this step I checked the noise levels with Subframe selector script in PI and found a marked improvement in SNR over the base luminance.

Sub calibration in CCDStack.
Registration, integration, color calibration, sharpening and TGV denoise in PI.
Selected denoise with Topaz and further tweaks with PS.



Kevin Morefield



Green tinge corrected

Sky plot

Sky plot


M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy, 


        Kevin Morefield