M63 - "Sunflower Galaxy" in Canes Venatici

M63
   
Telescope: Takahashi FS-102 @f/8
Camera: SBIG ST-402XE
Mount: Losmandy G11 w/Gemini
Guiding: SBIB STV on 200mm lens
Exposures: Luminance: 60 min. Red: 20 min. Green: 20 min. Blue: 20 min. (unbinned)
Note:

Images were captured, reduced, and combined in CCDSoft. The Luminance and RGB images were combined and the composite was adjusted (Levels, Curves, Cropping) in Photoshop CS2. Grain was reduced by doing a Guassian blur through a channel mask.
Shot from by backyard observatory in southeastern Minnesota. Temp: 40F

   
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