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


            Kyle Pickett
M63 - Sunflower Galaxy
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M63 - Sunflower Galaxy

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Meade LX 80 SC

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI 1600MM Pro

Mounts: Orion Atlas EQ-G

Guiding cameras: QHYCCD QHY 5-III 290M

Focal reducers: Meade f6.3 focal reducer/field flattener f6.3 focal reducer/field flattener

Software: APT Astro Photograhy Tool  ·  Adobe Phosotshop CC 2020  ·  Astro Pixel Processor  ·  PHD2

Filters: ZWO LRGB 1.25" optimized for ASI1600

Accessory: ZWO EAF Focuser  ·  OAG

Dates:March 2, 2021

Frames: 203x45"

Integration: 2.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 18.25 days

Avg. Moon phase: 86.89%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4271926

RA center: 13h 15' 49"

DEC center: +42° 1' 37"

Pixel scale: 0.615 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 352.606 degrees

Field radius: 0.292 degrees

Resolution: 2703x2097

Locations: Home Observatory, Springfield, Missouri, United States

Data source: Backyard


I've been trying to shoot one galaxy each clear night. These aren't magazine worthy, but I'm finding it fun to see the structures of these small galaxies through my 8" SCT.


Sky plot

Sky plot


M63 - Sunflower Galaxy, 


            Kyle Pickett