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Deeper into M31, from Les Granges

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Firstly, I apologise, I'm in danger of getting boring with this, but with cloud, rain and a moon every night, what else can I do?

I've gone back to the original mosaic done on the 18th of Sept from home. It was done at Native f5, so 1.2"/Pixel. Panels were 10 x 2 minute subs, so not a whole lot of exposure.

From the Luminance data, here is a 200% crop of the Hubble Cepheid again,


And this is the Gandler image dropped to mono


Now one was done with a 0.9 meter scope at altitude, the other was 20 minutes with a (good) amateur scope at 38 meter above sea level.

I am even more chuffed, I've now a mind for a long term project, to do a really deep wide field M31 at this resolution, should be a winner


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Well my week with Olly is drawing to a close, and it has been wonderful to watch him working on my data. I take no credit for this image apart from capture, the rest is all olly. Thank you sir. This

Finally home from my travels, and have had time to pixel peep at the image, whilst playing around with another processing routine, I remembered Hubble's Cepheid, and wondered if it could be seen, and

Superb image with beautiful detail, you must be delighted with that result. Les Granges & Olly certainly have great appeal - dark skies, top equipment and processing masterclasses. One day I'll ma

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It's amazing what can be achieved with amateur equipment these days. At the bottom left on the first image of post #22 there is also the bright star cloud NGC 206. I believe you've resolved a number of individual stars in there as well (not in terms of angular resolution, but the O class stars are so bright they would completely overwhelm anything else in that pixel).

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Just think. On a planet out there is a species looking up at those regions of nebulosity, with equipment perhaps not too different to that of our own, pointed up at a target possibly named

by some astronomer wag 'The Vogons ear', or some such and he's thinking  . . . .  blumming clouds!

Yep. We're not alone. lol

Excellent image. Thanks



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Yes Olly, true, being above 38 meters is not that difficult here, I'm within sight of Snowdon at 1038 meters, but that's the beauty of my location, I'm between the sea and the mountains, and the prevailing weather seems to bypass me, and generate clouds on the mountains, so I have a microclimate that is relatively clear (still not Etoile clear, naturally!).

What is exciting about this twist to the image is that the FSQ with this small pixel camera can produce images that are not that far behind professional kit. I was as surprised as the next person when I compared my image to the mono version of the Rob Gendler image.

In truth, I was a bit too excited, in giving my image a x2 zoom, I sharpened it without a star mask, so with a bit more finesse, I'm sure the image from the FSQ could be made even closer to the image from the 0.9 meter scope.

OT, BTW Olly, I hope Per's reference to aged bubbly in another post here is not a reference to an old bottle of shampoo :grin:


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OK, now this is getting boring, I can't help playing with this data, lets face it there's nothing else to do with this cloud and wind. Playing with Gnomus's image got me thinking there might be more to get out of mine, so here goes with more core data, going back to the original linear core data, giving it a much smaller stretch, and using a great deal of local contrast


It's subtle, but I think worthwhile. It was difficult to merge it in to the existing image, so as always comments please.



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