M63. The Sunflower Galaxy
Spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici

The sunflower galaxy was classified by Hubble as Sb or Sc type and its visual appearance resembles a sunflower. It is in the group of m51.
Distance to earth: 37,000,000 light years
Visual Magnitude: 8.6
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Messier index. M63

Date and location 27-may-2006. Caraquiz, Madrid
Telescope 8" Meade LX200GPS, f=2000mm. Autoguide with Megrez II 80ED, Toucam SC3 and guidedog.
Camera Artemis285. 0.7 focal reducer. Hutech IDAS LPS filter.
Image Processing L: 13x600s bin 1x1. RGB: 5x180s bin 2x2. Registered and stacked with AIP4WIN. Histograms, RGB, LRGB and noise reduction with Pixinsight SE and Pixinsight LE.

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