Darin E. Fields' Astrophotography Pages

M63: The Sunflower Galaxy in Canes Venatici

Right Ascension 13 : 15.8 (h:m)
Declination +42 : 02 (deg:m)
Distance 37000 (kly)
Visual Brightness 8.6 (mag)
Apparent Dimension 10x6 (arc min)
More information in M63

Exposure: A 66 minute LRGB exposure: L=30 minutes (15x 120sec.), R=12 min. 2x binned (3 x 240 sec.), G=12 min. 2x binned (3 x 240 sec.), B=12 min. 2x binned (3 x 240 sec.)
Camera: ST-237 cooled @ -30c
Guiding: ST-4 on f/5 ST-80
Telescope: f/4 8" Newtonian
Mount: Losmandy G-11
Processing: Maxim/DL and Photoshop 6.0