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Messier 31 (Andromeda Galaxy) with Messiers 32 and 110 (AGAIN!) | by hcavaye
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Messier 31 (Andromeda Galaxy) with Messiers 32 and 110 (AGAIN!)

Messier 31 (Andromeda Galaxy) with Messiers 32 and 110

2018-10-30 & 2018-11-02, Didcot, England

 

 

A fresh attempt at this target using two sessions of data. Unfortunately both nights were not ideal conditions (I suffered with dew and high level clouds). I also am still learning the best settings as ISO800 and 300s subs only give me ~40% peak histogram so I may be better off looking at ISO1600 or something. We shall see!

 

Either way, the addition of Astronomy Tools v1.6 to Photoshop has been a game changer! Additionally the walkthrough guide at www.myastronomyjournal.com/DSLR-AIP/C002-M31-Walkthrough/ proved invaluable to improving my overall processing techniques. I hope that this image has some modesty about the processing as I have previously always been tempted to over-process to squeeze out every last bit of detail at the cost of heavy noise and a somewhat unnatural look.

 

 

Gear:

Skywatcher 130-PDS with 0.9x coma corrector (585 mm, f/4.5)

Skywatcher NEQ6-Pro Synscan

Canon EOS 550D (unmodified) and Skywatcher 2" LP filter

ZWO ASI120-MC guide camera

Skywatcher Startravel 80 guide scope

 

 

Acquisition & Processing:

- AstrophotographyTools (APT) and PHD2 guiding with dithering

- 34 x 300s = total 170 minutes @ ISO 800

- 2x20 flats, 16 library darks, library bias

- Stacked in DeepSkyStacker and post-processed in Photoshop CC 2018 (with Gradient Xterminator + Astronomy Tools v1.6)

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Taken on November 3, 2018