M63: Sunflower Galaxy in Canes Venatici



Object Data

Object type: Galaxy
Size: 12.6 x 7.2 arcmin
Magnitude: 9.3
Constellation: canes Venatici
Distance: 27 million light years

This field of view is crowded with tiny distant galaxies. The spiral galaxy to the upper left is UGC8313, located 41 Mly. The tiny edge-on spiral to the right of M63 is designated PGC 4018103 - a 16th mag galaxy located 1.2 billion ly away.

Exposure Data

Date: 04/1/22
Location: Little Blair Valley, Anza Borrego Desert, CA
Telescope: DSI RC10c; fl 1867mm at f/7.3
Camera: FLI 6303e with Astrodon LRGB filters
Mount: AP1100 GTO3
Exposure time: 16 x 10 min of Lum (2 hr 40min), 4 x 10 min each RGB (120 min)
Exposure time total: 4 hrs 40 min

Cropped. FOV =  42.8 x 27.3 arcmin,  Image Scale = 0.99 "/pixel



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