Messier 63


This beautiful spiral galaxy was first discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1779. Commonly called the Sunflower Galaxy it is located in the constellation Canes Venatici.


Telescope: Astro-Physics 160mm EDF f7.5 Designation: M63
Mount: Astro-Physics AP1200GTO
Constellation: Canes Venatici
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Astrodon Filters Distance: Approx 37 Million Light Years
Guiding: SBIG ST402 via Mini Borg 60mm Type: Spiral Galaxy
Exposure: 4 Hours Luminance Position: R.A. 13 hr 58 min , Dec +42002'
Processed using CCDStack, PhotoShop CS3 Date: 23-24 March 2008
Acquisition: CCDAutopilot/CCDSoft/The Sky 6/M1OASYS Location: Deerlick Astronomy Village