M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy in Canes Venatici


Copyright 2005 Hap Griffin

M63 is a spiral galaxy discovered in 1850 by Lord Rosse.  It is one of the first galaxies recognized as a spiral.

M63 lies at a distance of 37 million light-years.

Date/Location:    April 9, 2005     Griffin/Hunter Observatory    Bethune, SC
Instrument:    Canon 300D Digital SLR (modified) through f6.3 10" Meade LX-200 
Focal Ratio:   Approx. f4 using Lumicon GEG Focal Reducer
Guiding:    Auto through Orion ED-80 w/ SBIG ST-237
Conditions:    Visually clear
Weather:    48 deg. F 
Exposure: 95 minutes total @ ISO 800 (19 x 5 min exposures) calibrated with flat frame and Master Dark frame (average combine of 9 darks)
Filters:    Baader UV/IR Block
Processing:    Focused and captured with DSLRFocus.  RAW to TIFF conversion, frame calibrations, frame alignment and stacking, Digital Development, Adaptive Richardson_Lucy deconvolution, scaling and JPEG conversion with ImagesPlus.  Noise reduction with NeatImage.