Friday, August 21, 2015

#10 - Friday, August 21, 2015 - Andromeda Woes

I brought two of my other friends along, Jessica and Ethan.  This was their first time stargazing, and they were amazed!  We looked at Saturn first of course, and then the Moon (1/2 waxing gibbous), as well as Neptune, the Butterfly Cluster, the Double Cluster,  the Andromeda Galaxy (which was particularly bright that evening), double star Mizar & Alcor, Arcturus, and M3, a globular cluster that appeared as a smudge.  They took off about midnight, and then Anton and I set to work on imaging Andromeda.
I took some 100 pictures (can’t remember the exact number), and 53 were stable enough to use.  DeepSkyStacker (DSS) accepted only 29 of those.  And the stacked image isn’t much to look at.
M31 Andromeda Galaxy
Nikon D3100, 29x30s, ISO-12800

More light-information is required, so more pictures.  [And for goodness sake, a lower ISO!] 

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