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M63 (Sunflower Galaxy)

M63, commonly known as the Sunflower Galaxy, belongs to the same group of galaxies as M51. It is located about 35 million light-years away from us.

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Last Updated: 20-Feb-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Two iterations of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were applied to the luminance image.

All data was taken through significant clouds (extinction of at least 2 magnitudes). The color balance is therefore

not perfect.

Digital Development (DDP) via Maxim/DL was also used in order to display the very dim and very bright details of

the image simultaneously.

Luminance = 120 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Bruce Hugo and Leslie Gaul/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF