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4 Messier galaxies in Canes Venatici, #2, M63


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About this observation
Clive Nanson
Time of observation
25/04/2020 - 23:06
Observing location
North West Leicestershire
Canon EOS 200D
Canon EF 400mm F5.6 USM
Sky-Watcher EQM-35 mount
80 x 180s at F5.6, ISO1600

Canes Venatici contains 5 Messier objects, 4 galaxies and 1 globular cluster.  During the extended clear period in April, I managed to capture the 4 galaxies.  This is the second of the 4.  All 4 images are 4 hour (80 x 180s) integrations taken with a Canon 200D and 400mm F5.6 lens at ISO1600 on a SW EQM35 mount, and all have an identical FOV of 48 x 72 arc minutes to  allow visual comparison of the size.  Guiding was with PHD2, the images stacked using DSS and processed using IRIS and Starnet.

M63, the Sunflower Galaxy, captured on 25th April.  The only other galaxies identified in the image are spirals PGC46386 (mag 14.6) and PGC45992 (mag 14.8) that are on the left and right of the image respectively.

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