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M63 Sunflower Galaxy

The Sunflower Galaxy is a spiral galaxy and is part of the M51 group that includes the whirlpool galaxy.

Distance to earth: 37’000’000 lightyears
Apparent size: 11 arcminutes (0.33 x the moon)

Imaging time: 7.5 hours

Equipment:
Mount: SW AZEQ6GT
Telescope: SW Evostar 80ED
Camera: Atik 460EX Mono

Capture information:
Date: May 2016
Total exposure time: 7.5 hours
Color combination: LRGB

Image data:
35 x 600s LUM
7 x 3 x 300s RGB bin2