Deep Sky Object in Spring
M63 (Sunflower Galaxy in Canes Venatici)
|Date & Time: ||Feb 18 2012, from 27:27 to 27:57 JST(+0900)
|Composed 4 shots with 6 minutes exposed|
|Optical: ||Meade 25cm(10") Schmidt-Cassegrain with conversion lens (f=1600mm, F6.3)
|with BaaderPlanetarium Moon&Skyglow filter|
|Auto-guided with Meade LX200 Equatorial & Pictor 201XT
|Digital Camera: ||Canon EOS 550D (Remodeled)
|Location: ||Ooizumi, Hokuto city, Yamanashi pref.
|Camera Settings: ||Recording Format...14bit CCD-RAW, converted to 16bit TIFF(5184×3456)|
M63 (NGC5055) is a bright spiral galaxy about five degrees north-east of Col Caroli, alpha Canum Venaticorum,
and the position is almost equivalent to the midway between Col Caroli and another noticeable galaxy of M51, Whirlpool Nebula.
This spiral is sometimes called the Sunflower Galaxy by its numerous arms, and has the apparent diameter of about 10 arc minutes,
one of the largest galaxies scattered around this field.
|M63 (NGC5055) / Galaxy, type SA(rs)bc II-III|
|R.A.||13h 15m 49.3s (2000.0)|
|Dec.||+42° 02' 06" (2000.0)|
|Distance||23.8 million light yrs.|
|Group of Galaxies||NGC5194 Group|
|Other IDs||UGC8334, MCG7-27-54, |
You can appreciate the galaxy as a dimmed ellipse with its tips being sharp through scopes.
The galaxy is about 24 million light years away.