The star ν And
Seven hours of data, combined exposure lengths, with Optolong l-eXtreme filter for hydrogen alpha.
I experimented with a new set up last night and captured three targets. The third is M31: the Andromeda Galaxy. The camera I used is a Sony Alpha 6300 mirrorless (unmodified) along with a Samyang 135mm manual focus f/2 lens. No telescope!
Captured from our villa in Grand Cayman using the portable Sky Watcher Star Adventurer GTi mount.
A first look at the Andromeda Galaxy as it reappears in the fall of 2022. Captured unguided on the Sky Watcher Star Adventurer Mini (SAM).
5 nights of dedicated imaging for 15 hours of RGB (combination of 45-second, 1-minute and 3-minute exposures) and 5 hours of narrowband (Optolong l-eXtreme). Honestly, I processed this about four or five times before getting to a result I was satisfied with... future revisions may come!
Anticipating Andromeda. This is the time of year that M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, begins to appear for longer periods of time. I've done some fun shoots in the past, but this year I feel like it's time to go for a magnum opus photo (for me, personally) and I decided to practice some shots. Those are just practice shots, so I won't be posting them, but I did have my Sony Alpha 6300 ride shotgun on the imaging runs. It snapped this photo of the bright stars that define the Andromeda Constellation chasing the galaxy off the edge of the frame. This is 10 2-minute exposures.