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    Default First M31



    After several months of inactivity due to work related issues, i was again able to do some imaging...
    As M31 is rising, i felt an itch to capture it.

    M31 tris.jpg

    Taken with the Startravel 80 and Sony Alpha A-300
    102x 20sec ISO 400 with light pollution filter
    80x 20sec ISO 800 without filter
    Shot from my backyard with a lot of light pollution, estimated to be on the border between a bortle scale of 5 and 6
    Stacked in DSS and edited in Startools

    Any helpfull comment is appreciated
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    Default Re: First M31

    Quote Originally Posted by pieter vt View Post
    After several months of inactivity due to work related issues, i was again able to do some imaging...
    As M31 is rising, i felt an itch to capture it.

    M31 tris.jpg

    Taken with the Startravel 80 and Sony Alpha A-300
    102x 20sec ISO 400 with light pollution filter
    80x 20sec ISO 800 without filter
    Shot from my backyard with a lot of light pollution, estimated to be on the border between a bortle scale of 5 and 6
    Stacked in DSS and edited in Startools

    Any helpfull comment is appreciated
    Nice shot. A good beginning on the great galaxy.

    I could not help but laugh when you talked about Bortle 5 to 6. That qualifies as a dark site in my book. I'm used to Bortle 8 where I live.

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    Very nice image! Well done!
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    Default Re: First M31

    Not bad for a first M31. I live in a Bortle 8 region, with street lights a few yards away, a neighbour who leaves his rear bedroom lights on all night with no curtains or shades!! Using a Skytech cls filter on Canon 100D and 70ED refractor, I pushed to ISO 1600 120 sec exposures and got a fair image after stacking in Sequator. I think I can get better because that was only after 3 months of astronomy, and freezing nights in December, Jan, Feb. In the new moon of Feb 15th 2018, I got some good imaging and focus, I don't know how it happened! But post processing is the problem, it has taken 6 months and more and Sequator has helped with frustrations. There is no guiding involved.
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    Default Re: First M31

    I would love to get to a bortle 5.5 area! Our observatory in RI is 6-6.5 haven't seen the Milky Way before midnight for a few years, after midnight you can see it almost without averted vision.

    Went out last night in my backyard and could see Alberio BUT no other stars in Bootes. I tried to find Hercules as I wanted to check M13 with binocs and couldn't find it, that whole area of the sky had no visual stars and it was a new moon!
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    Default Re: First M31

    Very nice!
    I will begin to try my hand at the challenging AP skill in the next few months. Very poor skies (and very light polluted) where I live, but I will give it a go and do my best.
    I just looked at M31 with the bino's. Its 5:40 a.m. and the sky is dawning. I am happy if I can make out the shape and was pleasantly surprised that I could this morning even with the approaching sun.
    Please update us on your progress. I am very eager to see your photos. Good work!

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