M63 Sunflower Galaxy


Mark Griffith

Swindon, Wiltshire. UK

Celestron c11 sct, skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount, Atik 383L+ camera, motorised filter wheel and Astronomik LRGB filter set.

Poor weather this month. A couple of clear nights then ten days of clouds.

Still at F10 so decided to image this bright galaxy.

Lost autoguiging a couple of times because of clouds but still had plenty of light frames.

Some light frames had near merdian tracking errors so the bright stars are slightly misshappen.

Not my best shot but starting to get some nice detail.

19 Luminace unbinned, 5 RGB 2×2 binning light frames 5min exposures. 25 dark, bias and flats. Deep sky Stacker and Paintshop Pro X5.