Daily Archives: May 3, 2015

M 63, Sunflower Galaxy

03.05

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’).

  • Imaging telescopes or lenses: Gso RC 10″ GSO
  • Imaging cameras: FLI MicroLine 8300 CCD-camera FLI
  • Mounts: Astro-Physics Mach1AP GTO with GTOCP3
  • Guiding telescopes or lenses: 90mm Guidescope Guidescope
  • Focal reducers: Astro Physics CDDT67
  • Software: Pixinsight 1.8
  • Filters: Baader 2″ Ha 7nm,  Baader 2″ Green, Baader 2″ Blue,  Baader 2″ Red,  Baader 2″ Lum
  • Accessories: Starlight Xpress lodestar 2
  • Resolution: 3027×2002
  • Dates: April 24, 2015,  April 25, 2015,  April 26, 2015
  • Frames:
    Baader 2″ Blue: 10×300″ -35C bin 2×2
    Baader 2″ Green: 10×300″ -35C bin 2×2
    Baader 2″ Ha 7nm: 6×300″ -35C bin 1×1
    Baader 2″ Lum: 18×600″ -35C bin 1×1
    Baader 2″ Red: 10×300″ -35C bin 2×2
  • Integration: 6.0 hours
  • Avg. Moon age: 6.44 days
  • Avg. Moon phase: 40.21%
  • RA center: 198.942 degrees
  • DEC center: 42.037 degrees
  • Orientation: 173.647 degrees
  • Field radius: 0.257 degrees
  • Locations: Home Observatory, Home, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Author: Patrick (Paddy) Gilliland

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