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



    
        

            Gabe Shaughnessy
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The Sunflower Galaxy

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Teleskop Service ONTC 10" f4 Newton

Imaging cameras: Quantum Scientific Imaging QSI 690 WSG-8

Mounts: Astro-Physics AP1100GTO

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Teleskop Service ONTC 10" f4 Newton

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Ultrastar

Focal reducers: Televue Paracorr Type-2

Software: PixInsight  ·  Voyager  ·  Astro-Physics Command Center (APCC) Pro Software  ·  PHD2

Filters: Astrodon LRGB CCD Imaging Filters (E-Series), Gen2

Accessory: Pegasus Astro Ultimate Powerbox v2


Dates:May 11, 2020May 12, 2020

Frames:
Astrodon LRGB CCD Imaging Filters (E-Series), Gen2: 45x300" bin 2x2
Astrodon Luminance E-Series Gen 2: 48x180" bin 1x1

Integration: 6.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 19.67 days

Avg. Moon phase: 75.02%


Astrometry.net job: 3520524

RA center: 13h 15' 48"

DEC center: +42° 1' 44"

Pixel scale: 0.658 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -0.210 degrees

Field radius: 0.387 degrees


Resolution: 3316x2643

Data source: Backyard

Description

The Sunflower Galaxy, M63, is a spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici and lies some 30 million light years away. It is a flocculent (meaning fluffy) spiral galaxy which has no defined spiral arms, in contrast to grand design spiral galaxies like M81 or M101. Self propagating star formation is one explanation for the structure of these galaxies.

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Gabe Shaughnessy
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The Sunflower Galaxy, 



    
        

            Gabe Shaughnessy