M63 The Sunflower Galaxy

This image of M63 was made in Europe with approximately 35 hours of combined integration.
The data was photographed at my Home observatory in Valencia and more luminance data for the galaxy and core was shot in Sicily by my friend Carmelo Falco at his Home observatory . By combining the data from these two very different telescopes the fast Newtonian 14″ telescope and Carmelo’s 16″ home build RC, we were able to benefit from the two very different optical systems. From the Newt: Speed for the faint nebular detail and high core detail from the 16″RC.
Source wikipedia: “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.
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