Daily Archives: February 21, 2015

M63, Sunflower Galaxy


Messier 63 (also known as M63, NGC 5055, or the Sunflower Galaxy) is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici consisting of a central disc surrounded by many short spiral arm segments. M63 is part of the M51 Group, a group of galaxies that also includes M51 (the ‘Whirlpool Galaxy’). M63 was discovered by Pierre Méchain on June 14, 1779.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Skywatcher 300PDS
Imaging cameras: Canon 1100Da
Guiding cameras: ALccd 5L-IIc
RA center: 198.927 degrees
DEC center: 42.068 degrees
Pixel scale: 0.506 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 84.604 degrees
Field radius: 0.406 degrees
Author: Egil.G
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