M63 – The Sunflower Galaxy | Craig & Tammy Temple

Photographer
Craig & Tammy Temple
Email
hootbrewer@bellsouth.net
Location of photo
Hendersonville, TN
Date/Time of photo
April 11, 2009
Equipment
Celestron C8 SCT with Celestron f/6.3 FR/FF; Atlas EQ-G w/EQMOD, Guided; Canon 350D (self-modified) w/Astronomik EOS Clip IR filter + 2" Hutech IDAS LPS filter; 60 180s @ ISO 1600
Description
This unbarred spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici, was the first galaxy discovered by Pierre Mechain in 1779. It's many flocculent spiral arms resemble a sunflower bloom. This image is a total of 3 hours integration time and the temperature was about 52° F.
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