Discovered in 1779, this spiral galaxy is part of the M51 galaxy group.

M63 (NGC5055) is located in the constellation Canes Venatici and is at a distance of 37 million light years.

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Object info
Name M63 – The Sunflower Galaxy
Type Spiral galaxy
Constellation Canes Venatici
Right ascension 13h 15m 49s
Declination +42° 01′ 45″
Distance 37 Mly
Other designations NGC5055, UGC8334, PGC46153
Image info
Image date Mar. 27, 2007
Light frames 25x 3 min. @ ISO800 – Baader UHC-S
Total integration 1h 15m
Dark frames
Flat frames
Bias frames
Software used DSLRFocus, Pixinsight LE, ImagesPlus, Photoshop CS2
Processing DSLRFocus was used to focus the scope and create the imaging series.
ImagesPlus 2.8 was used to calibrate the light frames.
Photoshop CS2 was used for post-processing, levels and curves adjustments.
Equipment info
Telescope GSO 8″ f4 Newton
Corrector Baader MPCC
Mount Losmandy G-11
Camera Canon 350D
Guide camera Atik 1HS Mono
Guide scope Vixen VMC110L
Autoguide software Guidemaster
Filters 2″ Baader UHC-S
Location Landgraaf, The Netherlands
Image comments

Taken at rising (50%) Moon. Need (a lot) more FL for this object.