M 31, the Andromeda Galaxy
My deepest image of the Andromeda galaxy to date thanks to the dark Metchosin skies at the RASCALS 2010 Star Party. The satellite galaxies M32 an M110 can also be seen.
Date and location - 2010-08-13 at Metchosin. Vancouver Island, BC.
Conditions excellent for seeing, moisture, lack of wind and very dark skies. Temp 12 deg C at 1:00am.
Equipment - 105mm apo refractor with 0.8x reducer for focal length of 588mm at f/5.6. Canon T1i (modified). HEQ5 mount.
Exposure - 121 lights and 31darks at ISO 1600 for 60s with 8 flats for calibration.
Processing in Images Plus and Photoshop