Andromeda Galaxy

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New high-resolution 8-frames(+1 for center) mosaic. 50Mpix original size. 2.8" stars FWHM, but here in flickr is very down-scaled version.

50% (10Mb) version you can see here:
www.fireplant.com/pic/m31_oct-nov_2009_8frames_70x10min_i...

Canon 350Da (baader IR-cut filter mod)

NPZ TAL-250K (Klevtsov's system) telescope (10", 1:8.5, 1:6 with special NPZ 0.7x reducer-flattener MkII).

EQ6 PRO Syn Scan mount, guided with 75mm refractor and QHY-6 ccd.

Sub-urban area, 10km off 300k city (visual ~6.0m sky)

11.5 hours of expositions for 8 frames, by 10 min subexpositions and 15x60sec for bright centers of M31 & M32

HDR composition for bright core details revealing.

Software: Iris, FIT's Stacker Photoshop.

October-November 2010

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  1. gucic 45 months ago | reply

    I saw this photo few months ago, my friend send it to me from Russian astro forum. I didn't know it was you who took this photo but you should know that amateur astronomers here are delighted to see this!!!! Браво!

  2. igorfp 45 months ago | reply


    Thanks! I plan to add much more source expositions during this autumn, and assemble new resulting image. This one is quite noisy in 100% scale.

    p.s. My name is Igor Chekalin ("Pilgrim" on russian astroforum astronomy.ru) and registered with my name on cloudynights to here i'ts Ok with copyrighs.

  3. Dangerous Dave Astrophotography 45 months ago | reply

    Fantastic shot, one of the best M31's I've seen of late. I am absolutely hopeless at this target!

  4. astrometry.net 45 months ago | reply

    Hello, this is the blind astrometry solver. Your results are:
    (RA, Dec) center:(10.6976665461, 41.2528289265) degrees
    (RA, Dec) center (H:M:S, D:M:S):(00:42:47.440, +41:15:10.184)
    Orientation:-179.52 deg E of N

    Pixel scale:7.07 arcsec/pixel

    Parity:Reverse ("Left-handed")
    Field size :1.56 x 2.01 degrees

    Your field contains:
    NGC 205 / M 110
    NGC 221 / M 32
    NGC 224 / Great Nebula in Andromeda / M 31

    View in World Wide Telescope

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    If you would like to have other images solved, please submit them to the astrometry group.

  5. gucic 45 months ago | reply


    I was wondering where are your photos lately on flickr.com but now I know you are Pilgrim. Well, you have hell of a photos with pretty modest equipment (except TAL of course). Anyway, you should know that we Serbs LOVE Russian optics and we are totally crazy about TAL and Intes optics. I had great opportunity to watch through TAl 200K and Intes 180 micro and 65. Apo like telescopes. Your photos proves that.

  6. gainesp2003 45 months ago | reply

    Beautiful shot! Great detail in the galaxy core. How did you blend the center shot in so well?

  7. proton333 45 months ago | reply

    Very impressive. One of the best photos of Andromeda I have ever seen.

  8. vladsv 38 months ago | reply

    Это просто чума!
    Даже не верится, что это не фото с Хаббла, а снято с Земли!

  9. Charles Kottler 13 months ago | reply

    Fantastic work!

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