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Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Contains:  Great Nebula in Andromeda, M 110, M 31, NGC 205, NGC 224, Part of the constellation Andromeda (And), The star Mirach (βAnd), The star θAnd, The star μAnd, The star νAnd, The star νCas, The star ξCas, The star οCas, The star πAnd, The star σAnd, The star φAnd
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M31 Andromeda Galaxy with a barn door tracker, 


M31 Andromeda Galaxy with a barn door tracker
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M31 Andromeda Galaxy with a barn door tracker

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Zenit Helios 58mm F2

Imaging cameras: canon 350D

Mounts: Selfmade Motorized Barn Door Tracker

Software: DeepSky Stacker 3.3.4 DSS, Fitswork  ·  Photoshop CS 6 Extended

Accessory: Canon Intervalometre  ·  Manfrotto 7303YB

Dates:July 27, 2014

Frames: 50x60" ISO800

Integration: 0.8 hours

Darks: ~20

Flats: ~21

Flat darks: ~21

Bias: ~21

Avg. Moon age: 0.49 days

Avg. Moon phase: 0.28%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 3.00

Mean SQM: 21.00

Temperature: 18.00

Basic astrometry details job: 335379

RA center: 0h 41' 34"

DEC center: +42° 24' 43"

Pixel scale: 22.441 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -74.898 degrees

Field radius: 13.010 degrees

Resolution: 3474x2314

Locations: Riserva Naturale Orientata Bosco di Malabotta, Montalbano Elicona, Messina, Italy

Data source: Traveller


Single arm homemade barn door tracker test, with Zenith Helios 44M-7 at F4. Thanks to Antonio Ruggeri (Realchemyst) for the final editing!



License: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons

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M31 Andromeda Galaxy with a barn door tracker,