03
OCT
2022
Andromeda Galaxy100-400mm Tamron lens

Andromeda Galaxy

As summer turns to autumn, one of the jewels of the northern skies moves directly overhead in the evening hours, making it the perfect target. The great galaxy in Andromeda almost fills the entire frame at 400mm with the Tamron lens and the D5500’S crop sensor. With polar...
24
NOV
2013
andromeda galaxy

Andromeda Galaxy II

After being blown away by my first attempt at the Andromeda Galaxy, I couldn’t help having another go with the improved barn door tracker, this time using longer exposures of 80 seconds, and a lower iso of 800. The resulting image has a lot more detail and much less noise...
08
OCT
2013
Andromeda galaxy M31 Nikon D7000

Andromeda Galaxy

First attempt at imaging the Andromeda galaxy with the new Nikkor 180mm f2.8 ED Ai-s lens. I was able to grab just 2.5 minutes of exposure time before the clouds rolled in, but the resulting image stacked in Deep Sky Stacker blew me away! The lens is incredible. It can be shot...
13
AUG
2013
Perseid meteor and Andromeda galaxy

Perseid meteors & Andromeda

It’s been many years since we last had clear skies for the peak night of the Perseid Meteor shower. Thankfully that run came to an end last night, when skies were as clear as the come around these parts. Making use of the D7000’s ability to take a long series photos...
04
APR
2013
panstarrs and andromeda

Comet PANSTARRS & Andromeda

At the mercy of the weather for the last couple of weeks, I finally managed to grab a shot of comet PANSTARRS C/2011 L4 with a clear sky. Luckily for me, the clear night coincided with the comet gliding past the Andromeda galaxy. Still quite low on the horizon, it was only just...
11
NOV
2023

Supernova remnants: Autoguiding & the SpaceCat 51

First light with the new SpaceCat / RedCat 51 telescope was a tough choice. The wide 250mm field of view is perfect for capturing complete views of so many deep-sky objects. But with the Milky Way setting earlier now, the Veil nebula in Cygnus was the perfect choice. After a few...
14
SEP
2022

Old data, new techniques

Astro imaging has come a long way since I started this blog many years ago. Equipment and software has improved to the point where galleries on sites like astrobin are beyond incredible! I haven’t been very active with imaging recently, to say the least. But I still have a...
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