M63: The Sunflower Galaxy in Canes Venatici
According to APOD:
A bright spiral galaxy of the northern sky, Messier 63 is about 25 million light-years distant in the loyal constellation Canes Venatici. Also catalogued as NGC 5055, the majestic island universe is nearly 100,000 light-years across, about the size of our own Milky Way. Known by the popular moniker, The Sunflower Galaxy, M63 sports a bright yellowish core and sweeping blue spiral arms, streaked with cosmic dust lanes and dotted with pink star forming regions.
Orion Optics UK AG16 Astrograph at f3.8: SBIG 11000 CM: Titan Mount
25 x 10 minutes minutes (4hours 10 mins total) single shot colour, processed with CCDStack, Photoshop, Pixinsight, taken automatically with CCDAP5 on both sides of the meridian, with an IDAS D1 filter for light pollution reduction.
Data capture: April 2015