Andromeda's Core

Discussion in 'Astro Photography' started by Colorado CJ, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Well-Known Member

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    I've been trying my hand at Astrophotography for almost a year now. Lots of sleepless nights and money has been spent. I am rewarded with awe for our universe every night though, and I am starting to get some decent images.

    Last night, I imaged the Andromeda Galaxy, our nearest galactic neighbor. This was the first "object" I imaged during my first night of astrophotography on October 15, 2018.

    The scope I used last night is a far cry from the old soviet 300mm Tair 3 lens I used for my first photographs, but that old lens hooked me. I am now pretty much addicted.

    Anyway, here is a shot of the core of Andromeda. This is 6.5 hours of imaging using a cooled mono camera and 5 filters.

    Lum: 60, 60 second images 1x1 Bin
    Red: 80, 60 second images 2x2 Bin
    Green: 80, 60 second images 2x2 Bin
    Blue: 80, 60 second images 2x2 Bin
    H-Alpha: 30, 180 second images 2x2 Bin


    [​IMG]Andromeda-MN190-Small by Colo CJ, on Flickr


    And for those interested, here is my first astrophoto, my first shot of Andromeda, taken almost a year ago.

    [​IMG]Andromeda 8 Stacked by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr
     
  2. AlanLichty

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    The contrast between the shots demonstrates some serious progress from your photographic journey. Thanks for bringing us along :)
     
  3. Ben Egbert

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    I second Alan's sentiments here. I would be happy to have either one, but that second is a far cry above the first.
     
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    Wow! That’s quite a difference Andrew! It shows just how much someone can grow if they are serious, and in your case with the Astro have the money for the gear. And as an observer, I would say it has been worth the money as these results are totally awesome!

    And it’s been fun to have a backseat on your journey!
     
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    Incredible work
     
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    The is just beautiful. I love the glow in the center of Andromeda.
     
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    You have come a long way....some of the best "1st year" images I have ever seen.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your wonderful work and looking forward to more.
     
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    Andrew,

    Great result and very fun to see your light-speed (pun intended) progression form beginner to top notch imager in just a year. I think that same progression took me more like 4 years at least (albeit with lots of restrictions on when and where I could image...) I do think that one of the most fun aspects of astrophotography is comparing your results to your previous results, as it is often easy to see improvement (as is certainly the case with your example.) I think I already posted the same type of comparison for me on FW a while back, as M31 is often the first astro image for almost everyone, being relatively big and bright, and also being very visible form Northern latitudes where many of us live.

    ML
     

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