M 63, The Sunflower Galaxy, in
M63 is a classic spiral galaxy, but
very faint (magnitude 9.6). Although it has somewhat more yellow than some other galaxies, it is
hardly a "sunflower" in color.
scope at f/9 with ST-10XME CCD camera at -15 °C
A-P 1200 GTO mount.
Guided with ST-4 on separate guide scope. SBIG CFW-8 filter wheel
and Astrodon filters.
Ten 5 min exposures L,
R, G, and B, all at 1x1 binning.
Raw frames were dark
and flat-field calibrated and rgb color combined in MaxIm 4.10.
luminance image was then registered with the RGB image in RegiStar. The images
were imported into
combined with the L image as Luminosity at 100%
opacity. The RGB and luminosity layers were
then separately adjusted
with Levels and Curves before flattening and
converting to a jpg file.
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