Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  M 63  ·  M63  ·  NGC 5055  ·  Sunflower Galaxy  ·  Sunflower galaxy
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Messier 63 - The Sunflower Galaxy, 



    
        

            Timothy Martin & Nic Patridge
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Messier 63 - The Sunflower Galaxy

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Messier 63 - The Sunflower Galaxy, 



    
        

            Timothy Martin & Nic Patridge
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Messier 63 - The Sunflower Galaxy

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Celestron Edge 1100 HD

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI2400MC Pro

Mounts: Celestron CGX-L

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Celestron OAG

Guiding cameras: ZWO ASI174MM

Software: Topaz Labs DenoiseAI  ·  Nighttime Imaging 'N' Astronomy N.I.N.A. 1.10  ·  Aries Productions Astro Pixel Precessor v1.082  ·  Open PHD Guiding PHD2 2.6.9  ·  Pixinsight 1.8  ·  Topaz Labs Topaz Studio II  ·  Adobe Photoshop CC 2020

Filters: Optolong L-Pro 2"

Accessory: Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox V2  ·  Celestron Focus Motor


Dates:March 18, 2021

Frames:Optolong L-Pro 2": 240x60" (4h) (gain: 160.00) bin 2x2

Integration: 4h

Darks: ~30

Flats: ~50

Flat darks: ~50

Avg. Moon age: 4.61 days

Avg. Moon phase: 22.16%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 8.00


Astrometry.net job: 4346863

RA center: 13h 15' 50"

DEC center: +42° 1' 48"

Pixel scale: 0.877 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -3.266 degrees

Field radius: 0.269 degrees


Resolution: 1860x1200

Data source: Traveller

Description

This is the first time I've attempted binning with a color CMOS camera, the ASI2400MC-Pro. I'm not quite sure how I feel about the result, but I would have to compare it to an unbinned image shot with the same gear to understand more about this. I'm told that binning a CMOS camera is futile. But I tried it because of the severe guiding issues I've been having with the CGX-L mount at this pixel scale. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Messier 63 - The Sunflower Galaxy, 



    
        

            Timothy Martin & Nic Patridge