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    I was looking around for a picture of the andromeda galaxy meeting these specifications, although I couldn't find it anywhere. Does anyone have a picture so I can see what to expect?

    Thank you!

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    got no help for you, but while you wait for a useful reply you should do some searching in the astrophotography forum. there might be some pictures that mirror your scopes setup. just an idea, good luck!

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    Thanks for quick reply, although I already did that. I see some stunning, stunning images, example: The Great Andromeda Galaxy M31


    But I can't find anyone with a 3-inch aperture.

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    Weird. Last post was moderated. Did they change this or something?

    Additionally, the light pollution level where I am is in the orange.

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    There's a relevant pic on this page: AstroLeo 80 mm Refractor Images

    At least one more on this page: Andromeda

    Several more on this page: William Optics vs. Cheap 80mm Refractor | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    But I've got to warn you that the good ones are taken by people who have very good AstroPhotography systems. They're taking special photos to calibrate the system for post-processing and some acquisitions can take 6 hours or more.

    Upshot is that you can take great photos of M31 using a 3 inch refractor. But if you don't have a great mount, a good guide scope, the proper software, and if you don't know a lot about AP - your attempts might not be so good for a while.

    Doesn't mean you shouldn't try (we all have to start somewhere), but I don't want you to have unrealistic expectations, either.

    Note that some truly great photos are taken with 80mm (roughly 3 inch) refractors but some are taken from greater than 10,000 foot altitude under great seeing conditions and by extremely patient and skilled individuals.

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    I don't have a great mount, although it is pretty sturdy, For this I don't really want to take pictures . I really have no idea how I am going to set the camera up with a long exposure, although it sure is very amazing what some people did! Thank you for the reply

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    That is a great post. You are right on all counts. I have seen some pretty incredible wide FOV deep space shots with that size.. Takes a lot of patience and tenacity, but the results can be superb. thanks for the great links.

 

 

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