M31 - The Andromeda Galaxy

    Exposure Details
    Lens Astro Tech AT65EDQ w/80mm 2" extension tube for focus
    Focal Length 420mm
    Focal Ratio F6.5
    Mount Takahashi NJP
    Guiding unguided
    Camera Canon T3i w/ Gary Honis Full Spectrum Modification
    Exposure 350 lights at 45 seconds each
    Calibration 30 darks, no flats, no bias
    Date October 5th and 6th of the year 2013
    Temperature It was cold that night =)
    SQM Reading Bortle 2
    Seeing Great
    Location Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus - Crowell, TX
    Software Used Backyard EOS, Deep Sky Stacker, PixInsight
    Notes This image was inspired by Scott Rosen. He showed me an image he took once of M81 that was truly outstanding. He mentioned the image contained roughly 8 hours worth of 45 second subexposures!! I thought that would be a good way to sell the fact that you really do not have to break the bank to have a good image. So long as you have a mount that will hold a 45 second subexposure (most goto mounts on the market will easily do this with a proper alignment), you are really not looking at a ton of money involved here. I hear folks tell me all the time. "It just costs so much to get into imaging!" I completely disagree. With a small bit of patience, an image such as this can be had for a very reasonable amount of money spent. I only used a Takahashi mount because that's what happened to be available at the time.


© 2017 Astrophotography by Jerry Gardner