Blue Mountain Vista Observatory New RInggold PA
M63, NGC 5055, or the Sunflower Galaxy as it is known is a magnitude 8.6 spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici.
It has an apparent size of 12.3 arc minutes, and is estimated to be 37 million light years away.
Date: Dec 29,2008 Jan 4,25 2009
Location: New Ringgold PA
Optics: Meade LX200r-14 at f/7.9 28llmm
Mount: Paramount ME
Camera/Filters: Apogee Alta U8300 FLI CFW-2-7 FLI Filters
Guiding: Orion Starshoot Autoguider in Orion ST-80
Exposure: Luminance: 18x5 minutes binned 2x2, R:8x5 min G:9x5 min B:9x8 min all binned 3x3 for a total
of 4.1 hours
Processing: Image acquisition using CCD Autopilot. Initial processing was done using Maxim DL with
subsequent processing using Photoshop.