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


            Joshua Judkins
M63, The Sunflower Galaxy

M63, The Sunflower Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Meade 12" LX600-ACF

Imaging camera:ZWO ASI1600MM-C

Mount:Meade Giant Field Tripod

Guiding telescope or lens:MEADE Starlock

Software:Adobe PHOTOSHOP CS6Stark Labs Nebulosity 4.0

Accessory:Meade X-Wedge

Resolution: 3079x1848

Dates:March 18, 2018

ZWO B 1.25": 3x30" -20C bin 1x1
ZWO G 1.25": 5x30" -20C bin 1x1
ZWO Lum 1.25": 17x30" -20C bin 1x1
ZWO R 1.25": 14x30" -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 0.3 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~20

Avg. Moon age: 0.95 days

Avg. Moon phase: 1.01%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.00 job: 1977391

RA center: 198.956 degrees

DEC center: 42.026 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.337 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 171.569 degrees

Field radius: 0.168 degrees


Image I took last weekend of the Messier 63. Much room for improvement- (darn those dust particles!) but I think it's good enough you can see how the dust lanes decorate this beauty to give its moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy. This is a nearly 20 minute composite from luminance, red, green, and blue channels. This galaxy is part of the M51 group of galaxies, the most striking member of which I have previously shared with you- The Whirlpool Galaxy. The Sunflower Galaxy is a whopping 27 million light years distant and has an active possibly supermassive blackhole at its heart.



Joshua Judkins
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M63, The Sunflower Galaxy, 


            Joshua Judkins