Andromeda Galaxy with New Scope

Discussion in 'Astro Photography' started by Colorado CJ, Dec 8, 2018 at 1:33 PM.

  1. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Well-Known Member

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    I received my new Stellarvue Access 80 ED yesterday. Luckily it was also a clear night! I set the scope up on my AZ-GTI in EQ mode and shot 1 minute subs. I probably could have went a little longer as the mount was tracking GREAT, I only had to reset it for the meridian flip.

    So far, I am really liking the scope. I am using The Stellarvue SFF3-25-48 field flattener, but I still see pretty bad coma around the edges using a full frame DSLR. with a slight crop they are gone though.

    Specs for the image are:

    Scope: Stellarvue Acess 80 with 2.5" focuser, SFF3-25-48 field flattener
    Focal Length: 560mm
    Focal Ratio: F7
    Camera: Pentax K-1
    ISO: 1600
    Exposure: 60 sec.
    Shots: 100

    I used Astro Pixel Processor for stacking. I am still learning the ropes with this program, so I am sure I am not doing things 100% correctly yet. I post processed in Photoshop and also in Nik Effects plugin.

    Here is the photo.

    [​IMG]Andromeda 100-60 sec 7 Dec 2018 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr
     
  2. Ben Egbert

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    Amazing looks like an image from a large telescope
     
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    Beautiful result - especially considering this is your first time out with this scope. Can't wait to see what you come up with once you get a serious handle on using it.
     
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    That is incredible.
     
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    Oh man Andrew! You hit this one out of the park! Just totally beautiful with great detail.

    With that scope, how much are you cropping to get to this final image?
     
  6. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone. Man this is fun!

    I cropped maybe 25% of the image. My last photos taken with a 300mm lens were heavily cropped. This telescope has a 560mm focal length, so it is much more powerful.
     
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    CJ,

    Your progress is moving at about 0.95 times the speed of light - this is a major enhancement to your last M31! That new OTA is really helping out, and 80mm frames M31 pretty much perfectly with your DSLR sensor. Lovely detail, and your colors look much more natural to me. truly a wonderful result!

    ML
     
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    That is just amazing!
     

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