Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  M 63  ·  NGC 5055  ·  Sunflower galaxy
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The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 (NGC 5055), 


            Steven Bellavia
The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 (NGC 5055)
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The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 (NGC 5055)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Borg 90FL

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI183MC Pro

Mounts: Celestron AVX Mount

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Agena Astro 50mm f/3.9 Guidescope

Guiding cameras: ASI224MC

Software: IDEIKI AstroPhotography Tool (APT)  ·  Stark Labs Nebulosity 4.2  ·  PHD2 Guiding

Filters: L

Accessory: Borg 1.08X DG Multi-Flattener, #7108

Dates:June 8, 2018

Frames:L: 46x240" (gain: 178.00) -15C bin 1x1

Integration: 3.1 hours

Darks: ~30

Avg. Moon age: 23.80 days

Avg. Moon phase: 32.80%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 1.00

Mean FWHM: 6.00

Temperature: 10.00

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 2096368

RA center: 13h 15' 50"

DEC center: +42° 1' 37"

Pixel scale: 0.901 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 359.839 degrees

Field radius: 0.478 degrees

Resolution: 3180x2120

Data source: Traveller


The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 (NGC 5055), is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici consisting of a central disc surrounded by many short spiral arm segments, the galaxy form known as flocculent. M63 is part of the M51 Group, a group of galaxies that also includes M51, the 'Whirlpool Galaxy'. It is 27 million light years from Earth, with a apparent size of 12.6' x 7.2', an d an apparent magnitude of 9.3



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The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 (NGC 5055), 


            Steven Bellavia