M63, or the 'Sunflower Galaxy', is one of
the first galaxies where spiral structure was first detected, in 1850.
This was the first image where I really had to spend a long period of
time gathering data...it took about a month to get the subs for this....most
of May and a little of June 2008, due to our wonderful weather. Grabbing
the odd 2 or 3 subs between the clouds, and prepared to pull the tarpaulin
out at any minute.
When I had my first bash at processing it, to be honest, the way it was
coming out, I didn't think it had been worth the struggle, so I put it
away for June and came back to it fresh quite a while later.
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Imaged May/June 2008.
Telescope. 14 inch LX200GPS.
Camera. Atik 16 HRC.
I'm not quite sure how many subs eventually got used, but in total I
had 11hrs 48 minutes of data and I reckon there's probably 9 hours or
so in this.