Flintstone Stargazing

October 11, 2007

The Sunflower Galaxy (M63)

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Messier Objects, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 9:35 pm

M63-Sunflower Galaxy on 10/11/07

The Sunflower Galaxy appears quite small in this picture. That’s because I have a very low power telescope. Earlier I mentioned that I needed to get some Messier Objects numbered in the 60’s and this is my first one in that range. I wasn’t able to get any in the 80’s (the only other range I don’t have images from) – the only two visible in the evening right now are in the low north which means I’m looking right into the light polution from Chattanooga, cars’ headlights that drive up my street and my neighbor’s mailbox light. I can barely see second magnitude stars at that angle so those will have to wait until later in the year or I get the opportunity to observe someplace that has a clearer view. I’m going to try to get the Pinwheel Galaxy next. I haven’t had much luck in the past – it’s pretty faint and hard to spot in my telescope.


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