Sunflower Galaxy, M63
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M63, NGC5055, Sunflower Galaxy, a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici.
Distance: 37 million light years
Camera: SBIG ST-10XME
Telescope: Astrophysics Starfire 140 EDT F7.5
Mount: Astro-Physics Mach1 GTO with Advanced Telescope Systems portable pier
Images: 18 subexposures of 10 minutes each with 6 red, 6 green, and 6 blue for a total of 3 hours. No
luminance was used for this image.
Date: May 2010
Software: Camera, mount, and guider control - CCD Commander & MaximDL, calibration and stacking - CCDStack, further processing in Photoshop CS4.