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   Finally a reasonably clear night to test my new gear and see if I'm progressing. Mount setup and polar finding are much easier now, and I've finally got PHD2 focusing issues resolved.

   Next in line is getting my DSLR supported in Astrophotography Tool-APT so I can get some longer exposures and really see what is what.

   I'm quite pleased with the results so far, this test image being a total of only 17 30s lights and 10 darks, 30s being the longest exposure I can get from the DSLR alone.

   They were compiled in DeepSkyStacker but processed only in Windows Edit, as my Adobe Photoshop is not set up yet.

   My Sky-Watcher 100mm ED APO has a focal length of 900mm, reduced .85x with the added field flattener, which is why only the cenral region of M31 is in the field of view.

   I'm SO looking forward to trying out longer exposures!


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