M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy

M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy

M63 (NGC 5055) is a type-Sb or -Sc spiral galaxy located in the constellation Canes Venatici.  Also known as the Sunflower Galaxy,  M63 forms a physical group with The Whirlpool Galaxy, M51.  Both galaxies lie at a distance of about 37 million lightyears.  See the Messier Index - M63 for more information and images.

This image was obtained on 22 May 2008 with a William Optics FLT110 f/7 4.3" refractor and an SXV-H9 CCD camera.   175, 20-second images were combined to obtain an equivalent 58.3 minute monochrome exposure.

M63 - The Sunflower Galaxy

 For comparison, this is a 17.75-minute composite of 71, 15-second subexposures from 4 June 2000 taken with a 16" Meade Starfinder Newtonian telescope and a homebuilt Cookbook CCD camera.    

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