M63 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation of Canes Venatici.
Discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1779,it is distant 37million light years from Earth and it is part of the M51 group.
The Skywatcher Equinox 80 offers a very short focal length for this object probably but ..my C6 was sitting on my other mount in Italy....and...i was so curious to see the result as it is the first time i manage to shoot this nice DSO.
If it's not evident so far..i love wide fields!
The night was not the best as i had to shoot trhough fine clouds in the upper atmosphere resulting in loss of resolution but still...i think it worth the effort.
In this photo we can see,except M63, also two tiny galaxies in the upper and lower side of M63.
The photo is composed by19x300" and 3x600" lights.
The reason of the different exposures is simple.When i started shooting the 10 minute subs the weather conditions were very unstable so i decided to turn on 300" subs and double the amount of subs available for a better noice control.
OTA:SW Equinox 80 ED F:500mm f/6.25 +FF 1x
CCD:QHY8l (Temp. -15° (C)
Definitely not my best shot and definitely a target i have to return on with a larger focal length.
For a higher resolution please click on the picture below. (1650x1100).
An actual pixels photo will be published soon too.