May 2016

Sunflower galaxy, M 63, NGC 5055

Sunflower galaxy, M 63, NGC 5055 Messier 63 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

Sunflower galaxy, M 63, NGC 5055
Messier 63 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

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Technical card
Imaging telescope or lens: Ian King Ikharos 8″ RC
Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony ICX814
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Guiding telescope or lens: Ian King Ikharos 8″ RC
Guiding camera: sx loadstar
Software: Photoshop CS5, Sequence Generator Pro, PixInsight 1.8, PHD, Main Sequence Software
Filters: Baader B 2″, Baader G 2″, Baader H-alpha 3.5 Nm, Baader Luminance 2″
Accessory: Starlight Xpress USB filter wheel
Resolution: 2712×3356
Dates: May 2, 2016, May 3, 2016
Frames:
Baader H-alpha 3.5 Nm: 15×1800″ bin 2×2
Baader Planetarium LRGB CCD Filter set: 600×90″ bin 2×2
Baader Luminance 2″: 50×600″ bin 2×2
Integration: 30.8 hours
Avg. Moon age: 24.61 days
Avg. Moon phase: 25.18%
RA center: 198.960 degrees
DEC center: 42.021 degrees
Orientation: 158.262 degrees
Field radius: 0.290 degrees
Locations: Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

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