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Image of the day 12/02/2020

    Mighty Andromeda, 


    Mighty Andromeda
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    Mighty Andromeda

    Technical card

    Imaging telescopes or lenses: TS 10" f/4 ONTC Newtonian

    Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI6200MM Pro

    Mounts: iOptron CEM60

    Guiding cameras: QHYCCD QHY5L-Ⅱ-M

    Software: Adobe Photoshop CS3  ·  PixInsight

    Filters: Baader R  ·  G  ·  B  ·  Baader L  ·  Baader H-Alpha 7nm

    Accessory: ZWO OAG M68  ·  TS Wynne 2.5" Coma corrector

    Dates:Sept. 12, 2020Sept. 19, 2020

    B: 35x180"
    G: 36x180"
    Baader H-Alpha 7nm: 95x480"
    Baader L: 173x180"
    Baader R: 36x180"

    Integration: 26.7 hours

    Avg. Moon age: 13.27 days

    Avg. Moon phase: 17.68%

    Basic astrometry details

    Astrometry.net job: 4031441

    RA center: 0h 42' 36"

    DEC center: +41° 15' 25"

    Pixel scale: 1.411 arcsec/pixel

    Orientation: 268.037 degrees

    Field radius: 1.665 degrees

    Resolution: 6800x5100

    Data source: Traveller


    I finally found some time to process the data for the 2-panel M31 mosaic. This is the first time in many years that I was able to create a detailed image of our neighbor galaxy.
    The LRGB data was acquired over two nights at a dark site while Ha narrowband signal comes from my backyard acquisition. I was lucky to get good seeing during both nights so I am happy with the details. It turns our that even with a mosaic the real extent of the galaxy is larger than what I was able to capture. On the other hand, I was happy to see that the dim extended halo is not without features. There are clear dark lanes extending far from the central region. All in all, at this scale the resemblance with our own Milky way is more obvious but so are the differences.


    Sky plot

    Sky plot


    Mighty Andromeda,