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steppenwolf

The Andromeda Galaxy - M31

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I love this object, our nearest galactic neighbour, easy to find, easy to see but slightly tricky to capture without burning out the core and, because it is so large, a short focal length telescope is required to capture it in it's entirety!

In this case, I used my 200mm Canon telephoto lens and EOS 300D DSLR. 10 X 2 minute subs., dark frame subtracted and stacked in Registax 3 followed by a lot of time in PhotoShop to get the core/dust-lanes balance right and then bring out the surrounding bright stars without too many halos.

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Thats a brilliant example of what a DSLR can do, what they are best at doing.

Superb image!!!!

Russ

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wow! Thats stunning.... I cant image this yet from my back yard, the house gets in the way, but looking forward to seeing it later in the year.

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when it was taken?

This was part of a series of images I took last August but didn't get round to processing until now when the poor skies forced me to do something to keep my hand in as I am getting withdrawal symptoms! It always pays to keep every session of imaging you take as you just never know when they might come in handy.

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Well that's whetted the appetite Steve! Excellent M31 :D

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Can't say anything other than exceptional Steve.

Ok, I'll add beautiful too.

Ron. :D

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Once again exceptional.

Amazing what a dslr can do.

And of course a lot of hard work.

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A fantastic image there mate that illustrates some hard work. Great balance of all of the factors that combine to produce a fine finished article.

Regards,

Chris

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