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simondodd

First attempt at Andromeda

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So here is my first attempt at capturing Andromeda. Moving onto the next attempt I'm going to take a LOT more light frames and use the guider as well. I'm pretty happy with it so far though...

130PDS - HEQ5, No Guiding (this time), Nikon D5000

48 Light, 20 Dark, 19 Flat, 16 Bias, ISO 1000, 25s. 

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I agree. An excellent first attempt! Well done! :) 

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That's a really strong start--a lot better than my first! :D

You could try taking flat frames--cover the end of your scope with a white T-shirt and point it at a screen open in notepad (i.e. plain white screen). You can add these in Deep Sky Stacker, and they will go a long way to removing the dimmer corners! :) 

Be glad you have those go-to motors. ;) 

John

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40 minutes ago, JohnSadlerAstro said:

That's a really strong start--a lot better than my first! :D

You could try taking flat frames--cover the end of your scope with a white T-shirt and point it at a screen open in notepad (i.e. plain white screen). You can add these in Deep Sky Stacker, and they will go a long way to removing the dimmer corners! :) 

Be glad you have those go-to motors. ;) 

John

Yep, my next attempt will have a load of flats properly aligned as well as the guiding scope plugged in so hopefully it will be much better!

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2 hours ago, bottletopburly said:

Worth getting APT working though you need a shutter cable  read this first https://ideiki.com/astro/usersguide/canon_nikon_shutter_cables.htm

Yeah I've got all the right cables but haven't had a proper session with it yet. Hopefully next time I will have it properly setup with guiding and APT and I should get some much better results!

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It's got shape, detail, and a bit of color, I'd rate this a success, my first M31 image was greenish haze with dust lanes.

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Well last night I went for it with over 2 hours of subs, however I got my camera in the wrong orientation :( Missed the sides of the galaxy :( I've not finished processing it yet but here is a glimpse at what I've got so far...

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