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Imaging at SASP 2023 (Part 2)


I shot 5 images at SASP 2023 this year. I did M33, The Veil Nebula, M45, M31, and the Crescent Nebula. I went deep on my images and I got far more quality data than I could have imagined.


The image above of M31, the Andromeda galaxy along with M33 and M110 was one that I took on the evening of September 13th, right after a rainstorm. There was a fair bit of moisture in the air and things were coming up covered in dew when I finally shut it down at midnight after shooting only 60 minutes worth of 60 second sub exposures. I thought I had collected some data and it would be fun to play with.


I gave the data to Ahmed Ibrahim in our club to play around with on Pixinsight, which he enjoys learning and using. And then he came back to me with this image.


I took one look at this, my jaw about hit the floor and I said to myself that I would never top this.


I’ll go back to what I said prior about good guiding, good collimation, good focus, good polar alignment and paying attention to the details. When it comes together, this is what it looks like.

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