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


            Shannon Calvert
M63 The Sunflower Galaxy

M63 The Sunflower Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescope or lens:Astro-Tech AT115EDT

Imaging camera:Canon 7D Mark II mod

Mount:Celestron CGEM II

Guiding telescope or lens:Astro-Tech 60mm Guide Scope

Guiding camera:ZWO ASI 120 MM-S

Focal reducer:Astro-Tech 2" Field Flattener


Resolution: 2400x1600

Dates:Jan. 29, 2019Feb. 6, 2019June 1, 2019June 3, 2019

Frames: 184x120" ISO800

Integration: 6.1 hours

Darks: ~13

Flats: ~17

Bias: ~115

Avg. Moon age: 13.20 days

Avg. Moon phase: 10.09%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 5.75 job: 2739667

RA center: 198.892 degrees

DEC center: 42.053 degrees

Pixel scale: 1.059 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 358.149 degrees

Field radius: 0.424 degrees

Locations: The Westport Observatory (WAS), Westport, CT, United States; Paine Open Space, Easton, CT, United States

Data source: Backyard


Connecticut skies have especially hostile to astronomers this year, and long imaging sessions are all but impossible. This image was a combination of data from four sessions around late January and early June.



Shannon Calvert
License: None (All rights reserved)

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M63 The Sunflower Galaxy, 


            Shannon Calvert