Messier 63 the Sunflower Galaxy taken March 2020
Messier 63 the Sunflower Galaxy taken March 2020

Messier 63 – The Sunflower Galaxy

Just a half hour on the Sunflower Galaxy wasn’t enough to bring out detail (and some passing clouds didn’t help)… but it’s a marked improvement from my last attempt at M63 in May of 2018.

You can see the faint bands of dust on the top right hand side. More data in the future should help bring those out!

Capture Details

Frames: 11×180″
Integration: 0.6 hours
Avg. Moon age: 23.21 days
Avg. Moon phase: 38.76%


Astrometry.net job: 3327695
RA center: 13h 15′ 51″
DEC center: +42° 1′ 44″
Pixel scale: 0.717 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: 121.644 degrees

Field radius: 0.434 degrees

Capture details: https://www.astrobin.com/2y3fhy/

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