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Contains:  Andromeda galaxy, Great Nebula in Andromeda, M 110, M 31, M 32, M110, M31, M32, NGC 205, NGC 221, NGC 224, NGC206
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M 31 (Morocco - Atlas Mountains), 



    
        

            Paul Muskee
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M 31 (Morocco - Atlas Mountains)

Imaging telescopes or lenses: William Optics GT81 APO

Imaging cameras: Atik Horizon OSC

Mounts: Celestron Advanced VX

Guiding telescopes or lenses: ZWO 60/280 GuideScope

Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar Autoguider X2

Focal reducers: William Optics FLAT6A

Software: Atik Infinity  ·  Ripley PixInsight 1.8  ·  PHD2 Guiding Software  ·  Photoshop CC  ·  Astro Photography Tool  ·  Celestron ASCOM

Accessory: QHYCCD PoleMaster


Dates:Dec. 10, 2018

Frames: 63x300"

Integration: 5.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 2.95 days

Avg. Moon phase: 9.50%


Astrometry.net job: 2480031

RA center: 0h 42' 55"

DEC center: +41° 15' 48"

Pixel scale: 2.029 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 94.935 degrees

Field radius: 1.686 degrees


Resolution: 4784x3608

Locations: Atlas Mountains, Tagherat Anekrim, Agadir-Ida-Ou Tanane Province, Morocco

Data source: Traveller

Description

Preview from M 31 image taken during my current astronomy vacation in Marokko. Data collected from the Atlas Mountains (680m), SQM 21.5 ~ 22.1 and seeing below 1 arc second. Perfectly darks skies and excellent seeing. I used a setup from a friend so not everything is optimal like backfocus and sampling, but I cannot complain about these conditions :-). Will re-do this image when I am back in the Netherlands again with a calibrated screen.

11-03-2019 update: final version.

With many thanks to Hans Hoogkamer for providing me with this opportunity in general, providing the material, providing a stay and much more! Also thanks to Janina Martynaityte and her mother for providing the good care during my stay in Maroc. Could not have done this without them!

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Description: Made background more black, it was to light. Also cleaned up a bit. Unfortunately it seems I cannot fix the core using PixInsight HDR, I want it a bit more dim but I think my gain setting was to high and that data is just not there to make the core less bright...

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Description: Completely reprocessed using AstroPixelProcessor as a test. Must say I am pleasantly surprised by the result! Core is allot better, background better and stars are smaller! Will investigate further...

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Description: Another update based on the AstroPixelProcessor work, improved colors (maybe a bit to much but I like it) and improved details.

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Description: even more improved halo, improved details

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M 31 (Morocco - Atlas Mountains), 



    
        

            Paul Muskee