Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Virgo (Vir)  ·  Contains:  NGC 5360  ·  NGC 5363  ·  NGC 5364
NGC 5363 and NGC 5364, 


            Chris Sullivan
NGC 5363 and NGC 5364
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NGC 5363 and NGC 5364

NGC 5363 and NGC 5364, 


            Chris Sullivan
NGC 5363 and NGC 5364
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NGC 5363 and NGC 5364

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: TPO/GSO RC8

Imaging cameras: QHYCCD 183

Mounts: SkyWatcher EQ6-R Pro

Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion Thin Off-Axis Guider (TOAG)

Guiding cameras: ZWO 290MM Mini

Focal reducers: Astro-Physics CCDT67 - 0.67x Reducer

Filters: Optolong Blue 1.25"  ·  Optolong Green 1.25"  ·  QHYCCD QHYCFW3S - 3rd Generation Small Thin 7 position Filter Wheel  ·  Optolong Red 1.25"  ·  Chroma Lo-Glow LP filter

Dates:Feb. 23, 2020Feb. 24, 2020Feb. 29, 2020March 5, 2020March 8, 2020March 9, 2020March 16, 2020March 18, 2020April 2, 2020

Chroma Lo-Glow LP filter: 320x120" (10h 40') (gain: 10.00)
Optolong Blue 1.25": 189x120" (6h 18') (gain: 10.00)
Optolong Green 1.25": 153x120" (5h 6') (gain: 10.00)
Optolong Red 1.25": 135x120" (4h 30') (gain: 10.00)

Integration: 26h 34'

Avg. Moon age: 14.24 days

Avg. Moon phase: 49.20%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 7.50

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3556046

RA center: 13h 55' 59"

DEC center: +5° 8' 16"

Pixel scale: 0.426 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 270.810 degrees

Field radius: 0.385 degrees

Resolution: 5440x3550

Locations: Home Roof (Bortle 7-8 / Est. Sky Quality: 18.53), Springfield, PA, United States

Data source: Backyard


I planned on giving this another hour of red and two or three more hours of luminance, but I have no clear nights until at least April 15 unless the forecast changes and with the work slowdown, I find that I have the time to process things, so I gave it a shot. While I definitely think it would have benefited from the extra time, it's not terrible for Bortle 7-8 skies and now I can devote some clear nights to something else.

This is the first time that I've had an elliptical galaxy as a main subject of an image. While this one at least has a dust lane, I have to say that they aren't the most satisfying targets to image. They're also rather difficult under brighter skies due to the fact that they get pretty dim at the edges.