Sunflower Galaxy, M63

The Sunflower Galaxy, M63, is in Canis Venatici, 29 million light years away. We see a spectacualar nearly face on view. This image taken starting 2022-06-02 07:36 UT has just over an hour of exposure from near Flagstaff, Arizona. I needed a little extra time for the Iris Nebula to get higher in the sky. I'm glad I tried M63 and will return for more data next chance I get.

A total of 13 five minute exposoures taken with a William Optics RedCat 250/51mm telescope, Baader UV/IR cut filter, ZWO ASI 533 MC camera, and SkyWatcher AZ-EQ5 mount, ASI EAF and guide camera. All were controlled with a ZWO ASIAir Plus Controller. Processed in PixInsight, StarNet 2, Topaz DeNoise, and Photoshop.

Content created: 2022-06-07

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