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


            Greg Ray
M63 The Sunflower Galaxy

M63 The Sunflower Galaxy

Technical card

Resolution: 2662x2226

Dates:June 26, 2019

Frames:ZWO LRGB 31mm ZWO LRGB: 116x180" (gain: 139.00) -20C bin 1x1

Integration: 5.8 hours

Darks: ~25

Flats: ~120

Bias: ~120

Avg. Moon age: 23.14 days

Avg. Moon phase: 39.47%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.00 job: 2766668

RA center: 198.966 degrees

DEC center: 42.025 degrees

Pixel scale: 0.965 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 357.811 degrees

Field radius: 0.465 degrees

Locations: Stafford Observatory, Stafford, Virginia, United States

Data source: Backyard


First time trying to image and process M63. I found it quite challenging! Imaged over several nights with a bunch of data discarded due to weather conditions, airplanes, light pollution, and satellite trails. I will most likely add more data to this and try to bring out better details and color.



Greg Ray
License: None (All rights reserved)

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M63 The Sunflower Galaxy, 


            Greg Ray

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