M31 Andromeda - all 16 hours of it :)

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Right, I'm officially sick to death of Andromeda! This is now 16 hours of varying sub-lengths and ISO settings, and I've reached the point where my skies are going to yield no more. Quite depressing to think that 16 hours here produces the same result as perhaps an hour under dark skies - so this is my final attempt ;) (Wrong!). Better processing than the last shocking effort I think - a little more subtle, and some fainter detail evident (and some detail less evident as the contrast has been turned down a bit!)

Having spent a fortnight thinking about very little else, I can now get on with my life :)

SW ED80/EQ5
Nikon D70 modded, Baader Neodymium filter
16 hours of 4 - 12 minute subs @ ISO 640 - 1600
Guiding: Quickcam Pro4000/9x50 finderscope, PHD
Stacked in DSS and processed in CS5

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  1. BudgetAstro 31 months ago | reply

    Thanks all for your kind comments :)
    Are you nagging me Callum? ;)
    That's because it is ;)
    LAB colour would be nice - but you haven't seen the LAB channels in my noisy images! Horrendous - like nothing you've ever seen. Not a lot I can do with them :) My vids are for newbies Martin :)

  2. crowlem 31 months ago | reply

    Great work, Doug - time well spent I reckon!

  3. diHib 31 months ago | reply

    Thats amazing! Great work

  4. iksose7 31 months ago | reply

    Maaybee haha! Nahh, dont want to rush you Doug. I am looking forward to the next installment though!

  5. BudgetAstro 31 months ago | reply

    Halfway there mate. I'll do the other half next year ;)
    Thanks guys :)

  6. Parishes of the Buzzard 31 months ago | reply

    Outstanding. Thanks for spending the time doing this picture.

  7. Stephen J McIntyre 31 months ago | reply

    16hrs! Perseverance pays. Very nice result! Processing is excellent with a nice even gradient to the core.

  8. b.leo 31 months ago | reply

    you probably spent even more than 16 hours on image processing - the long exposure time is worth and your result is subtle and beautiful!

  9. BudgetAstro 31 months ago | reply

    Cheers guys :)
    Just a little bit more than 16 hours, yes Leo ;)

  10. grahamxx 31 months ago | reply

    Very motivating Doug. Brilliant!

  11. BudgetAstro 31 months ago | reply

    Cheers Graham :)

  12. collirob 31 months ago | reply

    Well done Doug.

  13. brentkinley [deleted] 30 months ago | reply

    brilliant image

  14. BudgetAstro 30 months ago | reply

    Cheers Brent :)

  15. Tom Rork 18 months ago | reply

    WOW! This was done with a D70? Incredible shot!

  16. jasu_2009 12 months ago | reply

    This is just awesome!
    You were a man with a mission :)
    16Hours.. phew..
    Really impressive picture!

  17. DeviantNep 10 months ago | reply

    ED80 as in 80mm or 3" telescope?

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