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M63, Sunflower Galaxy

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I finally got around to processing this one, M63, the Sunflower Galaxy! Imaged from the back yard over two nights in mid April, this spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici resides some 29 million light years from Earth and contains an estimated 400 billion stars!

-Celestrol EdgeHD 8" SCT scope with 0.7x reducer for a focal length of 1422mm at f/7
-ZWO ASI2600MC Pro cooled camera
-ZWO EAF focuser
-iOptron HAE43 Strain Wave Gear mount
-Optolong L-Pro light pollution filter
-Pegasus Astro Mini Powerbox
-Orion 60mm guide scope
-Orion Starshoot autoguider
-Controlled with a MeLE Quieter4 mini PC running Windows

Software
-Sequence Generator Pro for acquisition
-PixInsight and Photoshop for image processing
-PHD2 guiding software

-171 x 180sec subexposures
-calibrated with 15 each darks, flats, and dark flats
-Total integration time of 8hrs 33min

M62 Sunflower Galaxy 15 April 2024 8hrs 33min v2.jpg
 
Ethereal. Beautiful shot.
 

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