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The Andromeda Galaxy



The Andromeda Galaxy is the the most distant thing you can see with unaided eyes. Autumn is the best period to see it along the night. This is our neighboring galaxy at a distance of 2.5 millions light-years. She is approaching our Milky Way and their are expected to collide in a few billion years.

Its apparent size in the sky is large like six full moon. There is also its satellites galaxies : M32, the smallest and closest to M31 and M110 on bottom-right of the image. The periphery of the galaxy is composed by blue young star and closer to the core the yellow star are older.

31 exposures of 1 minute for the heart and 46 exposures of 5 minutes done in two nights.
Camera : Canon EOS 1000D unfiltered
Telescope : Takahashi FSQ-106ED refractor.
Mount : Takahashi EM-200 USD3.
Guiding : Orion Starshoot Autoguider on a William Optic Zenithstar 66SD refractor.
Outside temperature : 10°C
Sensor temperature : 13°C
Software : auto-guiding and acquisition with MaximDL, pre-processing with Iris, processing with photoshop.
Location : L'Epine, Hautes-Alpes, France
Image details
Image size
1050x700px 301.75 KB
Canon EOS 1000D unfiltered
Shutter Speed
15660/1 second
Focal Length
530 mm
ISO Speed
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Woodypop3's avatar

NASA QUALITY! One of the best renderings of Andromeda I have Ever Seen. Period. Superior Work! Wonderful! How long did that take you to acquire the equipment & perfect that skillset? How long did it take to crunch in the computer?