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M31- Andromeda


Posted by Scott Fairbairn on Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:09 pm

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Hutech Modded Canon 60D, Hutech light pollution filter. Skywatcher ED80(600mmf7.5 with a 0.8x reducer). Image stacking using ISO1600 -30secs-7 frames, ISO1600-60sec-17 frames, ISO800-900seconds- 9 frames, ISO800-600seconds-5 frames, ISO1600-900secs- 59 frames, ISO1600-600seconds-29 frames, ISO1600-300secs-28 frames for >25 hours total integration time using nearly equivalent dark frames, bias and 21 flats. Different exposures are used to optimize detail capture in the brighter central area and outer regions. Taken over several evenings and processed primarily in Pixinsight, minor contribution by Photoshop, Topaze Denoise and finally DXO Photolab 4 for the copyright!
The red areas are clouds of hydrogen gas, similar to the red areas in images Dan Kearl has posted recently. 

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by Mary Brun on Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:19 pm
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I have no words...Simply wonderful!
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by ADKShooter on Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:23 pm
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Wow. Obviously a lot of time, technical expertise, and effort goes into an image like this. If I didn't know better I would have thought this came from the Hubble telescope. Fantastic !!
 

by Ron Day on Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:34 pm
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Spectacular image, Scott. Very impressive work!!!
 

by Eia on Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:36 pm
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My jaw literally dropped open when I viewed this on d/b. Spectacular!
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by david fletcher on Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:00 pm
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Mary Brun wrote:
I have no words...Simply wonderful!
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Spectacular!   Stunningly beautiful!
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by Dan Kearl on Thu Mar 18, 2021 5:23 pm
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This is really well done. Astrobin worthy. Great techs and time put in for a fantastic result!
 

by John Labrenz on Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:42 am
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One word......stunning!
Congrats on this amazing image.

I know the amount of work that goes into the images you and Dan have recently uploaded.
$, technical set up, processing, perseverance, determination and persistence are all required to pull this together....my hat is off to both you and Dan!
 

by Peter McCabe on Fri Mar 19, 2021 7:47 am
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Gorgeous image
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by Carol Clarke on Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:47 am
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Stunning! Absolutely stunning, Scott!

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by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Mar 19, 2021 11:57 am
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Astonishing!!! There aren't enough superlatives to describe this!! The best one yet- such a joy to see this wonderful glimpse into outer space and experience the unique beauty of it. Thank you!!
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by Mark Boranyak on Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:27 pm
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Just jaw dropping outstanding. I could just gaze at this for a very long time.
 

by E.J. Peiker on Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:16 pm
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Holly cow Scott, this is simply the most freakishly awesome photo I have seen posted here in a LONG time. Photo of the decade so far in my book!
 

by Dan Kearl on Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:22 pm
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E.J. Peiker wrote:
Holly cow Scott, this is simply the most freakishly awesome photo I have seen posted here in a LONG time.  Photo of the decade so far in my book!


It is absolutely stunning, one of the best M31 images you can look up... Outstanding work in a very demanding discipline.
 

by dissent on Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:24 pm
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Excellent piece of work. Lots of nice detail.
 

by 1943mike on Sun Apr 04, 2021 10:59 am
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Scott,

I have been thinking about trying to get a few night sky images. The image you've posted has me conflicted. On one hand it's exceedingly inspiring .. so much so that I feel it's the holy grail of astrophotography. On the other hand ... it's so far beyond what I'm sure I could aspire to creating I'm left wondering if it's worth even trying to get star trails or Milky Way images. I think I'll still attempt to tinker with some night sky shots ...

Your image is certainly supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

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