M 63 The Sunflower galaxy

M 63

Colorful with plenty of dark dust bands breaking up the color, home to 400 billion stars. I give you Messier 63, located 27 million light years distant in constellation Canes Venatici. Classified as a flocculent galaxy because spiral arms aren’t visible. I think the spiral structure is obvious however without any clear arms. Taken with 8 inch RC telescope @f/8 unguided using protrack and MyT mount, mono cooled QSI 683 camera. Total exposure 18 hours.