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  Here are some of the pictures I've taken with my 12-inch SCT, using a webcam or a CCD camera with Clear, H-alpha, Red/Green/Blue, or B/V/R/I filters.

In all pictures, North is up and East is to the left (direct sky view) and all dates are Universal Time.

Sunflower Galaxy (24 May 2015) Messier 63 is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. M63 consists of a central disk surrounded by many spiral arm segments, oriented about 30° from an edge-on position. At a distance of about 35 million light-years, the galaxy is about 100,000 light-years across. It's physically associated with the nearby galaxy, M51 (also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy). This picture combines a 1 hour 15 minute black-and-white image with additional 18-minute red, green and blue images. The original image scale is 1.14 arcsec per pixel.



[More images to follow ....]


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