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I never had much luck with M31 before but now I have learnt a bit more patience I'm starting to get results I like. 

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This is the result of 3hrs and 50 minutes of 5min subs @ ISO800 using my resurrected Canon 550d, Optolong L-pro, Altair 70mm EDT-F on my HEQ5pro.

I'm pretty happy with picking up the star bridge between M31 and M110, I noticed that disturbance even carries on past M110 if I over-stretch it.

 

More integration time would smooth out the outer regions but I may leave it there to focus on M33 which I have never imaged before.

(I really need to get a monitor calibrator - it looks a lot darker in this rendering than on my main screen)

 

Its been a few months since I processed an RGB image here is how it went with one-too-many applications of DBE:🤢

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9 hours ago, paul said:

I never had much luck with M31 before but now I have learnt a bit more patience I'm starting to get results I like. 

m31_v2.thumb.png.5028d6f9c6e935ab63e75c96926a3e76.png

This is the result of 3hrs and 50 minutes of 5min subs @ ISO800 using my resurrected Canon 550d, Optolong L-pro, Altair 70mm EDT-F on my HEQ5pro.

I'm pretty happy with picking up the star bridge between M31 and M110, I noticed that disturbance even carries on past M110 if I over-stretch it.

 

More integration time would smooth out the outer regions but I may leave it there to focus on M33 which I have never imaged before.

(I really need to get a monitor calibrator - it looks a lot darker in this rendering than on my main screen)

 

Its been a few months since I processed an RGB image here is how it went with one-too-many applications of DBE:🤢

image.png.58ca0cf09903581b3f5a5cf861eb7f6c.png

The top image is perfect. Adding Ha data also is a great help to M31, bringing out the areas of nebulosity in the galaxy.

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Thanks both, I was pleased how it came out. Having the right combination of gear for the target makes a difference. Sadly I won't be getting any Ha highlights unless I go back to it with the ASI1600 and try a mosaic to give me a similar fov but that camera has been moved to my big scope.

 

I'm getting confident enough to try running two sessions at once: M33 with the 70mm+DSLR and NGC7380 with the 250mm +ASI1600. Setting up fully automated sessions on each is only a few minutes so it is doable 🤞

 

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6 hours ago, Padraic M said:

Really like the top image. Super detail and contrast.

Thanks Padraic, I was pleasantly surprised how it turned out. I'd written off the DLSR off as a dead thing but it did ok🙂

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